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a bus goes/leaves
▪ The last bus went ten minutes ago.
a lettuce leaf
▪ Tear the lettuce leaves into small pieces.
a stroke leaves sb paralysed (=someone can no longer move as the result of a stroke)
▪ Two years later she had a stroke which left her paralysed.
a train leaves/departs
▪ Trains depart from Rugby at half-hourly intervals until 4.00 pm.
an employee leaves
▪ When a senior employee leaves the company, we hold an exit interview.
bay leaf
be shaking like a leaf (=be shaking a lot because you are nervous or frightened)
▪ Diana was shaking like a leaf when she got up to give her talk.
Chinese leaves
dock leaf
▪ a dock leaf
fig leaf
flick/flip/leaf through the pages of sth (=turn them quickly)
▪ She was flicking through the pages of a magazine.
fly leaf
gold leaf
in full leaf/bloom
▪ The roses were now in full bloom.
leaf mould
leaves a nasty taste in...mouth (=makes you feel upset or angry afterwards)
▪ When you feel you’ve been cheated, it always leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
sth leaves a stain
▪ She wiped the soup off her blouse, but it left a stain.
tea leaves
▪ Gullies often become blocked by dead leaves and small stones which fall through the grating.
▪ It looks like a pile of dead leaves in there.
▪ The other nine songs on the album however, rustle past your ears like dead leaves.
▪ He played an almost extinct worm crawling through dead leaves.
▪ Are there any dead leaves on the ground which will tell us the kind of leaf which will soon clothe the tree?
▪ As her mouth opened to gasp her shock it filled with snow and dead leaves.
▪ Do they prefer fresh leaves or dead leaves?
▪ My face was on dead leaves and dried grass and pieces of twig.
▪ That came from more than a few crossed twigs and dry leaves.
▪ Beneath were heaps of dry leaves, enough to cover many men.
▪ Lastly, put some dry leaves and grasses into the box, filling it about a quarter full.
▪ From there you do not hear the rustling of the few remaining dry beech leaves on young trees.
▪ Only a bold topknot of dry leaves thrust from his crown, grey-green and jagged.
▪ Listen to the dirge of the dry leaves, that were green and vigorous but a few moons before!
▪ Avoid dry leaves, twigs, puddles and mud as any noise will act as an alarm signal to the animal.
▪ Chipmunks scurried over the dry leaves in short bursts, sounding like moose on the run.
▪ Do they prefer fresh leaves or dead leaves?
▪ Run lemon wedges or fresh mint leaves through garbage disposal to kill odors.
▪ Garnish with sprigs of parsley or a few fresh tarragon leaves and serve with crusty bread.
▪ Replace wilting or mostly-eaten leaves with fresh leaves of the same kind.
▪ Some cooks use only dried bay, but fresh leaves are also good, used in greater quantity.
▪ Thirty pages are reproduced in facsimile with gold leaf.
▪ Floors and columns were painted to look like marble, and 24-karat gold leaf was applied on molding.
▪ The name and port of registry were applied in gold leaf.
▪ The second piece is painted with bronze and gold leaf.
▪ Yet even as I watched, the gold leaf tilted slowly down toward the vertical, at ever-increasing speed.
▪ Three years ago she suddenly began to produce gold leaf.
▪ He also uses gold leaf on mirrors, then paints it to get an antique look.
▪ Stems of pale pink blooms above bright green leaves.
▪ With its light green leaves it is a suitable complement to darker brownish green plants.
▪ So the kindly plant grew to cover the rock with her green leaves.
▪ Cornish said the guayule shrub, which has silvery green leaves, has long been viewed as a possible source of latex.
▪ There are insects that look exactly like green leaves.
▪ Shaded by prouder trees, Tallis waited in the stillness, watching the movements of summer through gleaming green and spiky leaves.
▪ In a diffused light of sufficient intensity the same varieties form exquisite growth of long bright green leaves.
▪ There is no indication that Hollywood is turning over a new leaf, free of bloodstains.
▪ Monnett agrees too, so much that he has turned over a new leaf.
▪ Globe artichokes are sprouting new leaves and may need protection from frost in cold areas.
▪ What he does is chew up a pale, new leaf.
▪ Taking begonia leaf cuttings 1 Healthy new leaves make ideal material for leaf cuttings.
▪ And did I not, at fifty, put out a whole new crop of leaves myself?
▪ While rejoicing in the first full month of the closed fishing season also look out for the pale new leaves of spring.
▪ Their new light green leaves look vulnerable.
▪ The trees shook, all their young leaves shivering as if with ague or fear of the approaching storm.
▪ The leaves are of various shapes and arranged mostly in two rows on the rhizome; young leaves are rolled.
▪ Pieris japonica Variegata is a popular shrub for cutting as the young leaves are lightly tinged with pink.
▪ Some of the youngest spirally twisted leaves can be saved and will develop in the spring.
▪ The young leaves are very narrow, ribbon-like, linear and pointed at the tip.
▪ The young leaves are usually reddish, seldom light green.
▪ However, the tannins are least abundant in the younger leaves.
▪ He marked young leaves as they began to expand and then followed their fate by repeated observation.
▪ Cultivation: The planting medium should consist of clay, peat, loam or leaf mould and a good layer of sand.
▪ Plant this shrub in an open position and mulch with peat or leaf mould.
▪ Madra tripped and fell headlong in the leaf mould, and in an instant their pursuers were upon her.
▪ In this country, experiments are continuing with sticky goo to counteract the slippery leaf mould.
▪ Helen uncovered her cup, checking to see if her tea leaves had sunk all the way to the bottom yet.
▪ A tea leaf was a thief, in rhyming slang.
▪ He was covered with rotting sweet-potato leaves, and a dark-red liquid dripped from his arms and legs.
▪ The tree limbs were covered with leaves and the green grass cushioned the sapphire blue of the sky.
▪ In autumn, it pays to cover the pool with netting to keep out falling leaves.
▪ Their voices were feathers, falling leaves, water seeping into its table.
▪ Madra tripped and fell headlong in the leaf mould, and in an instant their pursuers were upon her.
▪ Water lilies do not grow well if water is falling on to their leaves.
▪ Meanwhile, the arms hung down, wrinkled like grotesque, long, fallen leaves.
▪ I hear something fall on to the leaves below.
▪ It is mature and spontaneous utterance falling like ripe leaves on a still day in the fall of the year.
▪ Rachel moved with a hoarse cry, groping blindly for support, trying to reach the sofas, shaking like a leaf.
▪ Every now and then the wind blew and rustled the branches and the snow was shaken down from the leaves.
▪ A mild breeze shook the leaves and a few dark clouds scudded across the sky.
▪ She was shaking like a leaf in a storm, bewildered and utterly drained of emotion.
▪ He shed his leaves to cover her.
▪ Fiery gold and orange trees shed leaves which drifted down before a bright blue sky.
▪ When they shed leaves because of drought, trees do not usually bother with all the razzmatazz of colouring them beforehand.
▪ Inadequate light produces weak plants which shed their leaves very regularly.
▪ Winter came and the Daurog shed their leaves.
▪ There is no indication that Hollywood is turning over a new leaf, free of bloodstains.
▪ As the New Year came and went, so did millions of resolutions to turn over a healthier leaf.
▪ Faldo, perhaps above all, will be hoping to turn over a new leaf.
▪ Monnett agrees too, so much that he has turned over a new leaf.
▪ Like all fathers, I see fatherhood as a chance to turn over a new leaf.
▪ We urge them to turn over a new leaf.
come into leaf/flower/blossom
▪ In the garden of the little farm, fruit trees are coming into flower, and others are beginning to leaf.
▪ The cherry tree was coming into blossom, encouraged by the unseasonably warm sunshine.
▪ When planted through beds of hybrid tea or floribunda rosea they add interest before the roses come into flower.
compound eye/leaf etc
▪ First, insects have compound eyes consisting of up to several thousand optical units called ommatidia, each with a single lens.
▪ Instead, it forms a huge domed shield on the front of which are two bean-shaped compound eyes.
▪ It forms the greater part of the brain and innervates the compound eyes and ocelli.
▪ That portion of the epicranium which lies immediately behind the frons and between the compound eyes is termed the vertex.
▪ The silverfish, for example, has compound eyes but others in the group are blind.
▪ There is not only one way, as is demonstrated by the compound eyes of arthropods.
put forth leaves/shoots/roots etc
▪ Suddenly as they exchanged memories each saw the other putting forth leaves.
▪ the leaves of a maple tree
▪ And did I not, at fifty, put out a whole new crop of leaves myself?
▪ Every leaf was picked out in golden radiance.
▪ Experts disagree on the best way of preserving the medicinal strength of its roots and leaves.
▪ The leaves are evergreen or semi-evergreen since they can be heavily defoliated in severe winters.
▪ Turn the leaf over and use a sharp knife to cut each of the main veins on the leaf.
▪ When the leaves being to fall, it's time to think about the Section 9's and the Section 10's.
▪ When the rain passed, the limbs of the wet trees were darker and their leaves were greener.
▪ But just the simple act of leafing through and talking about a book can help.
▪ And leafing through the book, I read the page numbers out loud, too.
▪ Grabbing the phone book, he leafed through, looking for the number of the nursing home.
▪ We were leafing through a well-worn copy of Sports Illustrated, and Mike was identifying his clients.
▪ I leafed through the book for a while.
▪ And leafing through the book, I read the page numbers out loud, too.
▪ I leafed through the books in her bookcase.
▪ Cornelius leafed through the remaining pages.
▪ I leaf through the pages again that night.
compound eye/leaf etc
▪ First, insects have compound eyes consisting of up to several thousand optical units called ommatidia, each with a single lens.
▪ Instead, it forms a huge domed shield on the front of which are two bean-shaped compound eyes.
▪ It forms the greater part of the brain and innervates the compound eyes and ocelli.
▪ That portion of the epicranium which lies immediately behind the frons and between the compound eyes is termed the vertex.
▪ The silverfish, for example, has compound eyes but others in the group are blind.
▪ There is not only one way, as is demonstrated by the compound eyes of arthropods.
▪ But just the simple act of leafing through and talking about a book can help.
▪ He leafed through a pile of documents until he found a sheet of paper torn from an exercise book.
▪ He leafed through his papers, then, with a glance at Sonny, raised his eyebrows expectantly.
▪ I leaf through the pages again that night.
▪ Nigel leafed through a few large-print Agatha Christies but was put off by the noxious inexplicable stains on the pages.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Leaf \Leaf\ (l[=e]f), n.; pl. Leaves (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le['a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l["o]f, Dan. l["o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. Lodge.]

  1. (Bot.) A colored, usually green, expansion growing from the side of a stem or rootstock, in which the sap for the use of the plant is elaborated under the influence of light; one of the parts of a plant which collectively constitute its foliage.

    Note: Such leaves usually consist of a blade, or lamina, supported upon a leafstalk or petiole, which, continued through the blade as the midrib, gives off woody ribs and veins that support the cellular texture. The petiole has usually some sort of an appendage on each side of its base, which is called the stipule. The green parenchyma of the leaf is covered with a thin epiderm pierced with closable microscopic openings, known as stomata.

  2. (Bot.) A special organ of vegetation in the form of a lateral outgrowth from the stem, whether appearing as a part of the foliage, or as a cotyledon, a scale, a bract, a spine, or a tendril.

    Note: In this view every part of a plant, except the root and the stem, is either a leaf, or is composed of leaves more or less modified and transformed.

  3. Something which is like a leaf in being wide and thin and having a flat surface, or in being attached to a larger body by one edge or end; as:

    1. A part of a book or folded sheet containing two pages upon its opposite sides.

    2. A side, division, or part, that slides or is hinged, as of window shutters, folding doors, etc.

    3. The movable side of a table.

    4. A very thin plate; as, gold leaf.

    5. A portion of fat lying in a separate fold or layer.

    6. One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.

      Leaf beetle (Zo["o]l.), any beetle which feeds upon leaves; esp., any species of the family Chrysomelid[ae], as the potato beetle and helmet beetle.

      Leaf bridge, a draw-bridge having a platform or leaf which swings vertically on hinges.

      Leaf bud (Bot.), a bud which develops into leaves or a leafy branch.

      Leaf butterfly (Zo["o]l.), any butterfly which, in the form and colors of its wings, resembles the leaves of plants upon which it rests; esp., butterflies of the genus Kallima, found in Southern Asia and the East Indies.

      Leaf crumpler (Zo["o]l.), a small moth ( Phycis indigenella), the larva of which feeds upon leaves of the apple tree, and forms its nest by crumpling and fastening leaves together in clusters.

      Leaf fat, the fat which lies in leaves or layers within the body of an animal.

      Leaf flea (Zo["o]l.), a jumping plant louse of the family Psyllid[ae].

      Leaf frog (Zo["o]l.), any tree frog of the genus Phyllomedusa.

      Leaf green.(Bot.) See Chlorophyll.

      Leaf hopper (Zo["o]l.), any small jumping hemipterous insect of the genus Tettigonia, and allied genera. They live upon the leaves and twigs of plants. See Live hopper.

      Leaf insect (Zo["o]l.), any one of several genera and species of orthopterous insects, esp. of the genus Phyllium, in which the wings, and sometimes the legs, resemble leaves in color and form. They are common in Southern Asia and the East Indies.

      Leaf lard, lard from leaf fat. See under Lard.

      Leaf louse (Zo["o]l.), an aphid.

      Leaf metal, metal in thin leaves, as gold, silver, or tin.

      Leaf miner (Zo["o]l.), any one of various small lepidopterous and dipterous insects, which, in the larval stages, burrow in and eat the parenchyma of leaves; as, the pear-tree leaf miner ( Lithocolletis geminatella).

      Leaf notcher (Zo["o]l.), a pale bluish green beetle ( Artipus Floridanus), which, in Florida, eats the edges of the leaves of orange trees.

      Leaf roller (Zo["o]l.), See leaf roller in the vocabulary.

      Leaf scar (Bot.), the cicatrix on a stem whence a leaf has fallen.

      Leaf sewer (Zo["o]l.), a tortricid moth, whose caterpillar makes a nest by rolling up a leaf and fastening the edges together with silk, as if sewn; esp., Phoxopteris nubeculana, which feeds upon the apple tree.

      Leaf sight, a hinged sight on a firearm, which can be raised or folded down.

      Leaf trace (Bot.), one or more fibrovascular bundles, which may be traced down an endogenous stem from the base of a leaf.

      Leaf tier (Zo["o]l.), a tortricid moth whose larva makes a nest by fastening the edges of a leaf together with silk; esp., Teras cinderella, found on the apple tree.

      Leaf valve, a valve which moves on a hinge.

      Leaf wasp (Zo["o]l.), a sawfly.

      To turn over a new leaf, to make a radical change for the better in one's way of living or doing. [Colloq.]

      They were both determined to turn over a new leaf.


Leaf \Leaf\, Leaf out \Leaf out\(l[=e]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leafed (l[=e]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. Leafing.] To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May.
--Sir T. Browne.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English leaf "leaf of a plant; page of a book," from Proto-Germanic *laubaz (cognates: Old Saxon lof, Old Norse lauf, Old Frisian laf, Dutch loof, Old High German loub, German Laub "foliage, leaves," Gothic lauf), perhaps from PIE *leup- "to peel off, break off" (cognates: Lithuanian luobas, Old Church Slavonic lubu "bark, rind"). Extended 15c. to very thin sheets of metal (especially gold). Meaning "hinged flap on the side of a table" is from 1550s.


"to turn over (the pages of a book)," 1660s, from leaf (n.). The notion of a book page also is in the phrase to turn over a (new) leaf (1570s). Related: Leafed; leaved; leafing.


n. The usually green and flat organ that represents the most prominent feature of most vegetative plants. vb. (context intransitive English) To produce leaves; put forth foliage.

  1. n. the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants [syn: leafage, foliage]

  2. a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book) [syn: folio]

  3. hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)

  4. [also: leaves (pl)]

  1. v. look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume" [syn: flick, flip, thumb, riffle, riff]

  2. turn over pages; "leaf through a book"; "leaf a manuscript"

  3. produce leaves, of plants

  4. [also: leaves (pl)]

Leaf (Japanese company)

Leaf is a Japanese visual novel studio under the publisher Aquaplus, and has offices in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, and Tokyo. It and its competitor Key (to which it is often compared) are two of the most popular and successful dedicated visual novel studios operating today. It was launched out of obscurity by its early release To Heart. Leaf used the XviD video codec in several games: Aruru to Asobo!!, Tears to Tiara, Kusari, and ToHeart2 X Rated. Since XviD is free software, released under the GPL, Leaf was forced to release the source code to those games under the same license. One still required the game data to actually play the games with the source code. In addition, a free software engine called xlvns was developed soon after Leaf released its first three visual novels. Characters from Utawarerumono, Tears to Tiara, To Heart, and Kizuato are playable in Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match, a fighting game developed by Aquaplus featuring characters from various Leaf games.

Leaf (disambiguation)

A leaf is an organ of a vascular plant.

Leaf or Leaves may also refer to:

Leaf (Dutch band)

Leaf was a Dutch band from Utrecht. Their first single, Wonderwoman was released in October 2007.

Leaf was founded in 2005 by a group of students from the Rockacademie. The band plays acoustic pop songs and had quite a bit of success at the Dutch Popronde 2006. In the spring of 2007 they came out on top in a talent contest held by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. The band members are Annemarie Brohm, Tinus Konijnenburg, Ocker Gevaerts, Joni Scholten and Jeroen Blumers.

The band's independently produced album 'Life's a Beach' was received very well, and was later re-released on 16 November 2007 after securing a record label. One of the most popular singles on the album is Wonderwoman (a.k.a. "Why's my Life so Boring"), which went on to become a top 10 hit in the Dutch Top 40 charts. The song got an additional popularity boost due to it being used in the television show Koefnoen.

The band split up on 12 January 2009 due to creative differences within the group.

Leaf (Israeli company)

Leaf, previously a division of Scitex and later Kodak, is now a subsidiary of Phase One. Leaf manufactures high end digital backs for medium format and large format cameras. In 1991, Leaf introduced the first medium format digital camera back, the Leaf DCB1, nicknamed ‘The Brick’, which had a resolution of 4 million pixels (4 megapixels). As of 2012, Leaf produces the Credo line of digital camera backs, ranging from 40 to 80 megapixels. Until 2010, Leaf also produced photography workflow software Leaf Capture.


A leaf is an organ of a vascular plant and is the principal lateral appendage of the stem. The leaves and stem together form the shoot. Foliage is a mass noun that refers to leaves collectively.

Typically a leaf is a thin, dorsiventrally flattened organ, borne above ground and specialized for photosynthesis. In most leaves, the primary photosynthetic tissue, the ( palisade mesophyll), is located on the upper side of the blade or lamina of the leaf but in some species, including the mature foliage of Eucalyptus palisade mesophyll is present on both sides and the leaves are said to be isobilateral. Most leaves have distinctive upper (adaxial) and lower (abaxial) surfaces that differ in colour, hairiness, the number of stomata (pores that intake and output gases), epicuticular wax amount and structure and other features.

Broad, flat leaves with complex venation are known as megaphylls and the species that bear them, the majority, as broad-leaved or megaphyllous plants. In others, such as the clubmosses, with different evolutionary origins, the leaves are simple, with only a single vein and are known as microphylls.

Some leaves, such as bulb scales are not above ground, and in many aquatic species the leaves are submerged in water. Succulent plants often have thick juicy leaves, but some leaves are without major photosynthetic function and may be dead at maturity, as in some cataphylls, and spines). Furthermore, several kinds of leaf-like structures found in vascular plants are not totally homologous with them. Examples include flattened plant stems called phylloclades and cladodes, and flattened leaf stems called phyllodes which differ from leaves both in their structure and origin. Many structures of non-vascular plants, such as the phyllids of mosses and liverworts and even of some foliose lichens, which are not plants at all (in the sense of being members of the kingdom Plantae), look and function much like leaves.

Leaf (payment platform)

Leaf Holdings, Inc., also known as Leaf, is a platform technology that serves as a central hub for small business commerce. The Leaf platform consists of a tablet computer built specifically for Point of Sale (POS), and a cloud-based software tool for business management, analytics, and customer engagement. Leaf is designed to help retail stores, restaurants, and other small businesses improve the speed and ease of checkout, and to help business owners obtain better insight into, and control over their operations.

Usage examples of "leaf".

It bore both the rich aroma of leaves being burnt in the fall and the faint perfume of wildflowers ablow in the spring, but it also held a third attar which seemed to be the breath of the Wind itself which none could ever set name to.

The secretion with animal matter in solution is then drawn by capillary attraction over the whole surface of the leaf, causing all the glands to secrete and allowing them to absorb the diffused animal matter.

After a leaf had been left in a weak infusion of raw meat for 10 hours, the cells of the papillae had evidently absorbed animal matter, for instead of limpid fluid they now contained small aggregated masses of protoplasm, which slowly and incessantly changed their forms.

But certain it is that Netherlandish illumination, in its border foliages, after the taste for the larger vine and acanthus leaf had superseded the ivy, the drawing is studiously sculpturesque.

The degree of acidity of the secretion varied somewhat on the glands of the same leaf.

Faith has suffered through the passing of the Greatest Holy Leaf is too immense to be adequately expressed in words, and we cannot fully realize its significance at the present stage of the evolution of the Cause.

A man can hardly live there till next grass afore he is in the yaller leaf.

He opened the first agenda and leafed through the pages, stopping to point out several of the entries that had merited his attention.

A leaf placed in milk had the contents of its cells somewhat aggregated in 1 hr.

A leaf with aggregated masses, caused by its having been waved for 2 m.

Without care or consideration of ahimsa, Danlo reached up to the lowest branch of the tree above the bench, and he plucked off a single leaf.

For a moment he shook like a alder leaf in an autumn gale and then the sinister half-recollection faded and was gone before he could grasp its import.

Of course, he was writing about coca, not cocaine, but the moment the alkaloid was isolated from the leaf they were assumed to be one and the same.

Chapare leaf meanwhile - large, high in alkaloid and no good for chewing at all - was excellent for processing into cocaine paste.

The requisites for chewing are: a small piece of areca nut, a leaf of the Sirih or betel pepper, a little moistened lime, and, if you wish to be very luxurious, a paste made of spices.