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L \L\, a.

  1. Having the general shape of the (capital) letter L; as, an L beam, or L-beam.

  2. Elevated; -- a symbol for el. as an abbreviation of elevated in elevated road or railroad. -- n. An elevated road; as, to ride on the L. [Colloq., U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

American English abbreviation of elevated railroad, first recorded 1906 in O. Henry.


Spanish article, from Latin ille "that."


Etymology 1 alt. (Latn-def en name L l) n. (Latn-def en name L l) Etymology 2

alt. (context US English) An (soplink elevated train), especially for specific systems such as the metro in Chicago. n. (context US English) An (soplink elevated train), especially for specific systems such as the metro in Chicago.

El (deity)

(or 'Il, written aleph- lamed, e.g. , , , , or , cognate to ) is a Northwest Semitic word meaning " god" or " deity", or referring (as a proper name) to any one of multiple major Ancient Near East deities. A rarer spelling, "'ila", represents the predicate form in Old Akkadian and in Amorite. The word is derived from the Proto-Semitic archaic biliteral , meaning "god".

Specific deities known as El or Il include the supreme god of the Canaanite religion, the supreme god of the Mesopotamian Semites in the pre-Sargonic period, and the god of the Hebrew Bible.


Él may refer to:

  • Él, 1926 autobiographical novel by Mercedes Pinto
  • Él (visual novel), a 2000 Japanese adult visual novel
  • Él (film), a Mexican film directed by Luis Buñuel, based upon the novel by Mercedes Pinto
  • Él (Lucero album)
  • "Él" (Lucía song), the Spanish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982, performed in Spanish by Lucía
  • Él (record label), an independent record label from the UK founded by Mike Alway
El (Cyrillic)

El (Л л; italics: Л л) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.

El commonly represents the alveolar lateral approximant . In Slavic languages it may be either palatalized or slightly velarized; see below.

Él (Lucero album)

Él is the debut album from Mexican pop music singer and actress Lucerito. It was released in 1982 when she was 13 years old, and she had a great acceptance in the Mexican audience. This album is also known with the title Te Prometo. It was produced by Sergio Andrade.

Él (film)

Él ( Spanish: Him; re-issued in the US as This Strange Passion) (1953), by Luis Buñuel, is a Mexican film based upon the novel by Mercedes Pinto. It deals with many themes common to Buñuel’s cinema, including a May–December romance between a woman and her obsessively overprotective bourgeois husband, and touches of surrealism. The film was entered into the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.

Él (visual novel)

ELLE also known as , is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by the ELF Corporation which was originally released on June 13, 1991. A remake produced by ELF Corporation retitled Él was released September 29, 2000. Green Bunny produced an anime original video animation titled Él which was released in two volumes in 2001. The series depicts the survivors of a nuclear war that are gathered in a single, tightly-monitored city.

Él (Lucía song)

"Él" was the Spanish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982, performed in Spanish by Lucía.

The song was performed twelfth on the night, following Belgium's Stella with " Si tu aimes ma musique" and preceding Denmark's Brixx with " Video, Video". At the close of voting, it had received 52 points, placing 10th in a field of 18. Votes came from nine countries, the highest score being ten points from Cyprus.

In the song, Lucia is a young student who has to decide between two men. While the one (él – "he") seems to be caring and understanding, but also "intends to be my owner", the other ( – "you") rather seems to look for a one-night stand: "You phone me and forget me". Still, the girl is more interested in the latter of the two and invites him to come to her place that evening "from eight to ten". Then she has to study and make up her mind.

The music was a tango which partially caused a sensation because the Song Contest took place in Britain, and many connected tango to Argentina, with whom Britain was at war at that time (see Falklands War).

"Él" was succeeded as Spanish representative at the 1983 Contest by Remedios Amaya with " ¿Quién maneja mi barca?".

El (crater)

El is a crater on Ganymede. It has a small "pit" in its center. Craters with such a "central pit" are common across Ganymede and are especially intriguing since they may reveal secrets about the structure of the satellite's shallow subsurface.

EL (rapper)

Elom Adablah (born 28 June 1983), better known by his stage name EL, is an award-winning Ghanaian record producer, rapper and sound engineer.

Usage examples of "el".

M uch company they draw, and much abuse, I n casting figures, telling fortunes, news, S elling of flies, flat bawdry with the stone, T ill it, and they, and all in fume are gone.

I had on the Sunday abowt 7 of the clok afternone the cramp most extremely in the very centre of the calves of both my legs, and in the place where I had the suddeyn grief on Bartilmew-even last I had payn so intollerable as yf the vaynes or artheries wold have broken by extreme stretching, or how els I cannot tell.

But bycause the name of this boke semeth to the redar to procede of derysion: and by that mean that the substance therof shulde nat be profitable: I wyl aduertise you that this Boke is named the Shyp of foles of the worlde: For this worlde is nought els but a tempestous se in the whiche we dayly wander and are caste in dyuers tribulacions paynes and aduersitees: some by ignoraunce and some by wilfulnes: wherfore suche doers ar worthy to be called foles.

There should have been one or the other, depending on whether Elren spent her nights in the building or not.

Nothing to be worried about, although the presence of vrasti marked Elren as a lousy housekeeper.

I worked my way down the hall, tiptoed down a wide stairway, and crossed to the door of the room where Elren and I had done our business.

Indios, ni tiene abandonado este asunto pues aunque van poco adelante en el, que es lo que no se esperimenten en las demas religiones.

The building was a sprawly thing, three stories high, with wings and els that stretched everywhere like monstrous arms.

But if you rightly consider what an infinite toyle it is in Russia and Swethland, where the woods are proper for naught els, and though there be the helpe both of man and beast in those ancient commonwealths, which many an hundred years have used it, yet thousands of those poor people can scarce get necessaries to live, but from hand to mouth, and though your factors there can buy as much in a week as will fraught you a ship, or as much as you please, you must not expect from us any such matter, which are but as many of ignorant, miserable soules, that are scarce able to get wherewith to live, and defend ourselves against the inconstant Salvages: finding but here and there a tree fit for the purpose, and want all things else the Russians have.

Elber struggled to keep half an eye at least on the view panel set into the wall opposite as two-and-a-half-year-old Zari unfolded her chair from the wall and sat down, happily singing to herself.

Why worshyp nat the people of our tyme these poetis why do nat they reuerence to ye interpretours of them do they nat vnderstonde: that no poetes wryte, but outher theyr mynde is to do pleasure or els profyte to the reder, or ellys they togyther wyll doo bothe profyte and pleasoure why are they dyspysed of many rude carters of nowe a dayes which vnderstonde nat them, And for lacke of them haue nat latyn to vtter and expresse ye wyl of their mynde.

CS, Giovannucci EL, Colditz GA, Hunter DJ, Stampfer MJ, Rosner B, Speizer FE, and Willett WC.

So when the Center Cops finally did make a move that meant something, and dragged away Smit Sarten, the local reiver king, Elber had been as hurt and confused and resentful as anyone.

By this chain of thought Winn was again reminded of Elta, and of the forgiveness he had meant to secure from her that evening.

Caspar and Elta wrote notes to Winn, and gave them to Billy Brackett to deliver.