an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
an association of states or organizations or individuals for common action
an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles)
unite to form a league
Specifically: (Sports) An association of sports teams that establishes rules of play, decides questions of membership in the league, and organizes matches between the member teams. In some cases a sports league is called a conference, as in the National Football Conference.
A group or association of cooperating members.
The Red-headed League in Sherlock Holmes stories.
An organization of sports teams which play against one another for a championship.
My favorite sports organizations are the National Football League and the American League in baseball.
The distance that a person can walk in one hour, commonly taken to be approximately three English miles (about five kilometers).
To form an association.
Etymology: ligg, from ligue, from lega, from the verb legare, from ligo.
a measure of length or distance, varying in different countries from about 2.4 to 4.6 English statute miles of 5.280 feet each, and used (as a land measure) chiefly on the continent of Europe, and in the Spanish parts of America. The marine league of England and the United States is equal to three marine, or geographical, miles of 6080 feet each
a stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of a league
an alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties, or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which requires a continued course of action, as for mutual defense, or for furtherance of commercial, religious, or political interests, etc
to unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support; to confederate
to join in a league; to cause to combine for a joint purpose; to combine; to unite; as, common interests will league heterogeneous elements
Etymology: [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare to bind; cf. Sp. liga. Cf. Ally a confederate, Ligature.]
A league is a unit of length. It was long common in Europe and Latin America, but it is no longer an official unit in any nation. The league originally referred to the distance a person could walk in an hour. Since the Middle Ages, many values have been specified in several countries. In the context of nautical distances, the 3 mile distance corresponds to how far an observer of average height can see when standing at sea level. Thus, a ship traveling one "league" has reached what was previously the farthest visible distance on the horizon. The lack of a historical and global standard for the exact measure of a "league" can be accounted for by the variable elevation of the observer.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lēg, n. a nautical measure, 1⁄20th of a degree, 3 geographical miles, 3.456 statute miles: an old measure of length, varying from the Roman league, 1.376 mod. Eng. miles, to the French, 2.764 miles, and the Spanish, 4.214 miles. [O. Fr. legue (Fr. lieue)—L. leuca, a Gallic mile of 1500 Roman paces; from the Celt., as in Bret. leó.]
lēg, n. a bond or alliance: union for mutual advantage.—v.i. to form a league: to unite for mutual interest:—pr.p. leag′uing; pa.t. and pa.p. leagued.—n. Leag′uer, one connected with a league. [Fr. ligue—Low L. liga—L. ligāre, to bind.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A confederacy; an alliance. Also, a measure of length consisting of three nautical miles, much used in estimating sea-distances; = 3041 fathoms.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A measure of length or distance, equal, in England and the United States, to three geographical miles.
See Holy League.
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Rank popularity for the word 'league' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1868
Rank popularity for the word 'league' in Nouns Frequency: #558
The numerical value of league in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of league in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
It's fine, it makes for good stories, it makes for good narratives and good build up for our league. It's never too personal, but we understand as competitors we want to win the game. ... But it's not about us and any individual matchups, it's about being a great team and building on what we set out to do.
We were disappointed to learn of today's suspension of Emmanuel Clase for violating Major League Baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program, we fully support Major League Baseball's policy and Major League Baseball efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game.
It's the most important, it's something that affects us all and to recognize the little work that I've done, the truth is that I'm very, very happy because you can win the Champions League, you can win championships, you can score goals, but to represent a fight that affects millions and millions of people... it's one of a kind.
The guy is the MVP of this league. He’s the heart and soul of our football team. He better be back here. He’s our leader.
The request was denied. I do n’t know why he wo n’t have a sit-down with me or a meeting to talk about these issues at hand. we embrace the opportunity to work with Eugene to hear his ideas on how we can better advance employment opportunities throughout the league, both for Asian Americans and for all underrepresented groups.
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- lligaCatalan, Valencian
- Meile, Bund, Liga, Wegstunde, LeugeGerman
- asociarse, alianza, legua, ligaSpanish
- ligue, lieueFrench
- 同盟, リーグ, 連盟Japanese
- sprzymierzyć się, liga, przymierze, sprzymierzać sięPolish
- aliança, légua, liga, associar-sePortuguese
- leghe, ligă, coaliție, a se coaliza, a se alia, alianțăRomanian
- лье, лига, ли́гаRussian
- koalirati, liga, лигаSerbo-Croatian
- fersah, ligTurkish
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