The Lech (, Licca) is a river in Austria and Germany. It is a right tributary of the Danube in length with a drainage basin of . Its source is located in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, where the river rises from lake Formarinsee in the Alps at an altitude of . It flows in a north-north-easterly direction and crosses the German border, forming the Lechfall, a waterfall; afterwards the river enters a narrow gorge (the Lechschlucht). Leaving the Alps, it enters the plains of the Allgäu at Füssen at an elevation of in the German state of Bavaria, where it used to be the location of the boundary with Swabia. The river runs through the city of Füssen and through the Forggensee, a man-made lake which is drained in winter. Here, it forms rapids and a waterfall.
The river flows further northwards through a region called the Lechrain, and passes the cities of Schongau, Landsberg, Augsburg (where it receives the Wertach) and Rain before entering the Danube just below Donauwörth at an elevation of . It is not navigable, owing to its torrential character and the gravel beds which choke its channel. There is a particularly magnificent view of the Lech valley from Neuschwanstein Castle, near Füssen.
Lech am Arlberg is a mountain village and an exclusive ski resort in the Bludenz district in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg on the banks of the river Lech. In terms of both geography and history, Lech belongs to the Tannberg district. In tourist terms, however, it is part of the Arlberg region. Lech is administered together with the neighbouring villages of Zürs, Zug, Oberlech and Stubenbach.
Lech was the first Polish airship. It was purchased from France's army surplus in 1920. The airship's type was Zodiac VZ-11, Vedette class and the French Navy had used it for patrolling and escorting purposes in the area of the Mediterranean. Like other airships of that age, it was filled with flammable hydrogen. It was propelled by two Renault engines (some sources claim these were Anzani engines), each with 80 horsepower. Altogether, the French built 63 Zodiac VZ-11 airships, they were sold to various countries, such as Argentina, USA, Russia and the Netherlands.
Lech, as this was the new, Polish name of the airship, was brought in parts to the port of Danzig some time in early 1921. Then, in March of that year, it was transported to Toruń, where it was assembled by Zbigniew Burzynski. Between 1921 and 1924, it belonged to the Officer's Aeronautical School in Toruń, then it was passed over to the 1st Balloon Battalion, also in Toruń. Its first commandant was Colonel Slawomir Bilek, then he was replaced by Captain Kazimierz Kraczkiewicz. Lech made numerous flights to Legionowo and Poznań's airport in the district Winiary - places, where special zeppelin halls existed. During those flights, 18 pilots as well as several members of the crew completed practice courses.
On March 2, 1928, after its last flight, Lech was scrapped and the bag's fabric was used for making five field air-sheds.
Lech may refer to:
- Lech (name), a Slavic name, especially Polish
Lech is a Polish masculine given name, Lech was the name of the legendary founder of Poland.
Lech also appears as a surname, with 14,289 people having the name in Poland.
People with the give name Lech include:
- Lech II (c. 15th century), ruler of Poland
- Lech Bądkowski (1920–1984), Polish writer, journalist, publicist and Kashubian-Pomeranian activist
- Lech Gardocki (born 1944), Polish lawyer, judge and former First President of the Supreme Court of Poland
- Lech Garlicki (born 1946), Polish jurist and constitutional law specialist
- Lech Janerka (born 1953), Polish songwriter, vocalist, and bassist
- Lech Jęczmyk (born 1936), Polish publicist, essayist, writer and translator
- Lech Kaczyński (1949–2010), Politician of the party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, former President of Poland
- Lech Kołakowski (born 1963), Polish politician
- Lech Kowalski (born 195?), British-born American filmmaker
- Lech Koziejowski (born 1949), Polish fencer and Olympic gold medalist
- Lech Kuropatwiński (born 1947), Polish politician
- Lech Łasko (born 1956), Polish volleyball player and Olympic gold medalist
- Lech Stanisław Lewandowski (1950–2012), Polish politician
- Lech Mackiewicz (born 1960), Polish actor, director and playwright
- Lech Majewski (film director) (born 1953), Polish film and theatre director, writer, poet, and painter
- Lech Ordon (born 1928), Polish actor
- Lech Owron (1893–1965), Polish actor
- Lech Piasecki (born 1961), Polish racing cyclist
- Lech Pijanowski (1928–1974), Polish film critic, broadcaster, director, screenwriter and populiser of games
- Lech Rzewuski (1941–2004), Polish painter
- Lech Szczucki (born 1933), Polish historian of philosophy and culture
- Lech Szymańczyk (born 1949), Polish politician
- Lech Trzeciakowski (born 1931), Polish historian
- Lech Wałęsa (born 1943), Polish co-founder of the Solidarity movement and former President of Poland
- Lech Woszczerowicz (born 1940), Polish politician
- Lech Wyszczelski (born 1942), Polish military historian and author
- Lech Andrzej Zagłoba-Zygler (born 1950), Polish politician
Lech (Bohemian prince)
Lech (; died 805) was a Bohemian tribal ruler, one of the earliest named rulers in early Slavic Bohemia. The first reference to him is in the 805 entry of Annales Regni Francorum when Charles, son of Charlemagne, was sent to Bohemia to pacify the Slavs and according to the chronicle "laid waste to the country and killed their leader named Lecho". It is doubtful that Lecho ruled the whole territory now known as Bohemia. It probably consisted of more or less independent tribes, perhaps with some vassalage relationships with the emerging Great Moravia. The creation of early medieval Bohemian state probably occurred no sooner than at the end of the 9th century under Bořivoj, Spytihněv or perhaps even later dukes of the Přemyslid dynasty.
The name Lech is also attributed in some early Slavic foundation myths to the legendary founder of Poland.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lecher \Lech"er\, n. [OE. lechur, lechour, OF. lecheor, lecheur, gormand, glutton, libertine, parasite, fr. lechier to lick, F. l['e]cher; of Teutonic origin. See Lick.] A man given to lewdness; one addicted, in an excessive degree, to the indulgence of sexual desire, or to illicit sexual relations with women; also called letch and lech.
lech \lech\ (l[e^]ch), n. & v. i. Same as letch.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"Celtic monumental stone," 1768, from Welsh llech, cognate with Gaelic and Irish leac (see cromlech).
"yen, strong desire" (especially sexual), 1796, variant of letch. Meaning "a lecher" is by 1943.
Etymology 1 alt. 1 (context slang English) A strong, lecherous desire or craving. 2 (context slang English) A lecher. n. 1 (context slang English) A strong, lecherous desire or craving. 2 (context slang English) A lecher. vb. (context slang English) To behave lecherously Etymology 2
n. The capstone of a cromlech.
Usage examples of "lech".
Moreover, the leading families of Oberammergau, the families of Zwink, Lang, Rendl, Mayr, Lechner, Diemer, etc.
And in between, a humble shuffling procession cast headless shadows twelve and twelve through the windows of the inn and out on the paving stones, until once again leching and retching, roaring and stamping loosened the mortar and the dowels of the house.
To persuade the detectives that he was not the booze-swilling lech that he had appeared to be at the nudie joint, the commissioner had arranged the payoff meeting to take place in one of the empty confessionals at St.
She leches after me from time to time and is in perpetual annoyance that I do not return her lusts, but I cannot.
Lords, Grigor's cognomen says it all: for as fast as the Lech acquires female tithelings, so he wears them out!