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Lea \Lea\, n. [Cf. Lay, n. (that which is laid), 4.] (Textile Manuf.)

  1. A measure of yarn; for linen, 300 yards; for cotton, 120 yards; a lay.

  2. A set of warp threads carried by a loop of the heddle.


Lea \Lea\, n. [OE. ley, lay, As. le['a]h, le['a]; akin to Prov. G. lon bog, morass, grove, and perh. to L. lucus grove, E. light, n.] A meadow or sward land; a grassy field. ``Plow-torn leas.''

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English leah "open field, meadow, piece of untilled ground," earlier læch, recorded in place names, from Proto-Germanic *laukhaz (cognates: Old High German loh "cluster of bushes," and probably also Flemish -loo, which forms the second element in Waterloo), from PIE *louquo- (cognates: Sanskrit lokah "open space," Latin lucus "grove," Lithuanian laukas "open field"), perhaps from or related to *leuk- "to shine, be bright" (see light (n.)).


Etymology 1 alt. an open field, meadow n. an open field, meadow Etymology 2

n. 1 Any of several measures of yarn; for linen, 300 yards; for cotton, 120 yards; a lay. 2 A set of warp threads carried by a loop of the heddle.

  1. n. a unit of length of thread or yarn

  2. a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock [syn: pasture, pastureland, grazing land, ley]

Lea -- U.S. County in New Mexico
Population (2000): 55511
Housing Units (2000): 23405
Land area (2000): 4392.956954 sq. miles (11377.705796 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 1.061833 sq. miles (2.750135 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4394.018787 sq. miles (11380.455931 sq. km)
Located within: New Mexico (NM), FIPS 35
Location: 32.728441 N, 103.327764 W
Lea, NM
Lea County
Lea County, NM

Léa is a 2011 French drama film directed by Bruno Rolland. It was entered into the Chicago International Film Festival 2011 and the Cinemania Film Festival 2011.

Lea (album)

Lea is the second album by Lea Salonga, presenting a danceable R&B sound. The album received favourable reviews for its diverse mix of American-style R&B and easy listening ballads, and became her first multi-platinum album.

Lea (surname)

Lea is an English surname. It originating from the Old English Lēah, which predates the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. After the Norman Conquest, an infusion of Norman, French, and Latin entered into the lexicon of England, resulting in the development of multiple spelling and phonetic variants of the surname. Examples of these variations include the more common version of the surname, "Lee", as well as less common versions, such as Lei, Ley, and Leigh. Whereas the "a" is silent in Lea, it is often mistakenly pronounced with an "ah" sound at the end of the name.

The surname Lea means "meadow", "pasture", "field", or an open clearing of space in a wooded area. There are analogous names in other Germanic languages such as "Loo" in Dutch or "Lōh" in Old High German, with identical meanings.

Lea is still a surviving surname in areas of southern and northern England. Lea has also existed in North America since 1608 with the arrival of the English immigrant William Lea (son of Nicholas Lea, Waterford County, Ireland [Englishman not Irish]) to what is now King and Queen County in the Virginia Colony. Leas were among some of the very first immigrants to come to North America from England in the 17th century, and historically hailed from the southern United States in places such as Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Leas in the 19th century spread into the upper Midwest as well, and by the mid-20th century had reached as far west as southern California. Today, "Lea" comprises a very small percentage of the English surnames in the United States, with some American Leas able to trace back their ancestry to William Lea or one of his two brothers who came with him to Virginia in 1608.

Lea (film)

Lea is a Czech drama film. It was released in 1997.

Lea (MCC cricketer)

Lea (first name and dates unknown) was an English first-class cricketer associated with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) who was active in the 1800s. He is recorded in one match in 1807, totaling 0 runs with a highest score of 0.

Lea (unit)

The lea or lay was a British unit of length.

The Oxford English Dictionary describes it as a measure "of varying quantity" and cites quotations from within various areas of the textile industry which define it as "80 yards" (1888 note on a 1399 text), "200 Threds reel'd on a Reel four yards about" (1696), "each lay containing 200 yards" (1704", "eighty threads" (1776), "forty threads" (1825), "300 yards" (1882) and "in worsted 80 yards; in cotton and silk 120 yards" (1885).

Cardarelli has asserted that it had a fixed value of 360 feet.

Lea (given name)

Lea is a feminine given name. In French the name Léa is the biblical name Leah (given name). In Spanish the same name is Lía, and in Italian Lia.

Notable people with the given name Lea include:

  • Saint Lea, third century Catholic saint
  • Lea Antonoplis (born 1959), American tennis player
  • Lea DeLaria (born 1958), American comedian, actress and jazz musician
  • Lea Gottlieb (1918–2012), Hungarian-born Israeli fashion designer
  • Lea Hernandez (born 1964), American comic book and webcomic artist
  • Lea Massari (born 1933), Italian actress
  • Lea Maurer (born 1971), American swimmer and coach
  • Lea Michele (born 1986), American actress and singer
  • "Lea" Helena Nordheim (1903–1943), Dutch Olympic champion gymnast
  • Lea Padovani (1920–1991), Italian actress
  • Lea Pericoli (born 1935), Italian tennis player
  • Léa Pool (born 1950), Swiss-Canadian filmmaker
  • Lea Salonga (born 1971), Filipino singer and actress; star of the musical Miss Saigon
  • Léa Seydoux (born 1985), French actress and model
  • Lea Sölkner (born 1958), Austrian retired alpine skier
  • Lea Stevens (born 1947), Australian politician
  • Lea Sunshine, American singer
  • Lea Thompson (born 1961), American actress

Usage examples of "lea".

The compartment contained an assortment of laserguns and laserifles folded into their stocks, but what Lea had been shouting about was the stash of gold pieces she found in a corner pocket.

Gary and Lea could hear the sounds of wolves growling, humans screaming and the occasional shot from a gun.

She fired at the ones that were close just as Lea finished emptying her weapon.

Give him some water then Lea can take the rest back to the passengers.

He had Maria support it while Lea kept the tension on it, then he took a tube and squeezed a line of yellow paste directly into the wound.

One other thing he noticed was that Jake was treating Maria with the same courtesy as Lea, despite her obviously altered appearance.

As they got him laid out on one of the narrow beds, Lea heard them talking back and forth about why they should have taken another carrier and what they intended to do when they reached Dallas.

The kiss went on longer and they were still locked in the embrace when Lea returned.

With her back to Lea, she took his hand and pressed it to her breast and closed her eyes, smiling softly at the touch.

Remembering how the officials had been eyeing Maria, Gary decided to Lead the way and let Lea and Maria bring up the rear.

Maria sensed that whether Gary had caught the nuance or not, Jake was advising them that if they wanted privacy for a period of time, neither he nor Lea would bother them.

Trucks such as Lea had driven were frequent, but there were few private vehicles on the road.

Three of the computers Lea had stolen from the bodies had already been tapped into his console.

Gary and Lea in turn, had passed him enough gold for a substantial bribe if the FedRats were insistent on nosing about too closely.

Maria and Lea began removing her bandages as soon as they were inside.