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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She gives a much better exchange rate and gets forty percent more lira for every pound, deutschmark or dollar she takes.
▪ The lira was at 1093. 35 per deutsche mark, little changed from 1094. 08.
▪ The devaluation of the lira did help restore some sense of stability to other parts of the financial system.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lira \Li"ra\ (l[=e]"r[.a]), n.; pl. Lire (l[=e]"r[asl]). [It., fr. L. libra the Roman pound. Cf. Livre.] An Italian coin equivalent in value to the French franc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Italian monetary unit, 1610s, from Italian lira, literally "pound," from Latin libra (see Libra).


Etymology 1 n. 1 The basic unit of currency in Turkey. 2 The currency of Lebanon (also pound), Syria (also pound), Jordan (also dinar), former currency of Italy, Malta, San Marino and the Vatican City, superseded by the euro. 3 The former currency of Israel, superseded by the sheqel. Etymology 2

n. A Ukrainian folk musical instrument similar to the hurdy-gurdy.

  1. n. the basic unit of money on Malta; equal to 100 cents [syn: Maltese lira]

  2. the basic unit of money in Turkey [syn: Turkish lira]

  3. formerly the basic unit of money in Italy; equal to 100 centesimi [syn: Italian lira]

  4. [also: lire (pl)]

Lira (ISS)

The Lira system is a two-way communication system used between the International Space Station and Mission Control via the Russian Luch relay satellite constellation, also known as Altair. The ROS ( Russian Orbital Segment) communication Subsystems can receive commands directly from ground stations through the Regul Subsystem and can receive commands from the LUCH satellite through the Lira or the Regul System.

Category:Components of the International Space Station Category:Russian components of the International Space Station

Lira (disambiguation)

Lira is the unit of currency of various countries.

Lira may also refer to:

Lira (mollusc)

Lirae (singular lira) are fine lines or ridges (much finer than ribs) that are a sculptural feature of the outside of the shells of various animals. The term is commonly applied to the shells of molluscs such as gastropods, bivalves and nautiloids. It can also be used to describe similar sculpture on the surface of the shells of brachiopods.

In addition the word is used to describe fine linear elevations of shelly material within the outer lip of the aperture of some gastropod shells.

The adjectival form of the word is "lirate".

Lira (name)

Lira is a common surname in the Spanish and Italian languages. It was also a given name during the Medieval period. Lira translates to libra in Latin, which means "balance".


Lira (instrument)

The lira, or relia, is a Ukrainian variant of the hurdy-gurdy, an instrument which can trace its history back to the 10th century. Regarding the origins of the lira in the region there are two schools of thought:

  1. The lira is an evolution of the medieval bowed lira of the Byzantine Empire, ancestor of most European bowed instruments. The Byzantine lira was possibly introduced into Ukraine through the various trade routes to Byzantium.
  2. The lira was introduced into Ukraine in the 17th century by Cossacks who had fought in France as mercenary soldiers.

The lira was used as an instrument to accompany religious psalms, kants and epic ballads (known as dumy) performed by itinerant blind musicians called lirnyky (sing. lirnyk). Occasionally lirnyky were hired to play dance music at weddings. They often organized themselves into guilds or brotherhoods with their own laws and a secret language known as Lebiy. The traditional lira has three strings, one on which the melody is played with the aid of a special keyboard, the other two producing a drone of a fifth. The sound is produced by a wooden wheel which is rotated by a crank held in the right hand. This wheel rubs against the strings, setting them into vibration like a bow on a violin.

A number of different types of chromatic liras have been produced in Ukraine. In recent times interest in the instrument has increased considerably.

Present day makers of the lira include Serhih Perekhozhuk, Serhih Pavlychenko (Hrytsko), and Jurij Fedynskyj.

Lira (singer)

Lerato Molapo, known professionally as Lira, is a South African singer. She was born in Daveyton, on Johannesburg's East Rand. Her name translates to "love" in Sesotho and she speaks four languages. She is a multi-platinum selling and a 11x South African Music Award-winning Afro-Soul vocalist who refers to her music as "a fusion of soul, funk, elements of jazz and African."

Usage examples of "lira".

These -- dirhams, lire, newfrancs, deutschmarks and so on -- he kept folded in his passport, which was in the inside pocket of his sports-jacket, now hanging from the door-hook.

Some ridiculous imp inside her mind wanted to giggle, sitting back and beholding her in more terror of a slanging-match with the boatman, over fifty lire, than of a final fight to the death with Monfalcone over twelve diamonds and an obscure principle.

But if you keep the money and do not deliver the message, you will have a thousand lire with trouble, and soon only trouble, and no lire.

They must have been paid already, and handsomely, as he had thought, or they would not have gone away for a mere thousand lire, after all the work they had done for these unpredictable patrons.

Especially he did not wish to have the questioning turned too closely in his own direction, in view of the seven thousand lire reposing in his trousers pocket.

And if she gave someone her last twenty-three lire to post them - even if she had the means to pack them - it would not even be enough.

And now, provided they did not have to pay more than twenty lire to gain entry somewhere, she thought, she would stay in the very middle of this innocent group until they stepped aboard again.

The whole episode had been as satisfying as wine to him, he had expressed himself joyously, had fought and been pursued, had rescued his little friend and seen the downfall of her enemies, and, into the bargain, had seven thousand unexpected lire in his pockets.

If Gino would have sold his wife for a thousand lire, for how much less would he not sell his child?

Most of the rest of the crowd exited only as far as where Fitz had reappeared, so they could each throw him ten more lire to see the second tableau.

Either spend all your lire before we get to the frontier, or exchange them for good gold or gems.

Florian, Zanni and Maurice, each of them carrying in each hand a satchel full of lire and centesimi, scurried about to every money-changing establishment in the city.

Panic and fear blinded them to the cleansing lire that Wraeththu could be.

In the space of a quarter of an hour we had settled the problem of the disposal of our cargo, had collected a cheque for nearly fourteen million lire, got an order for another cargo of a similar type, an invitation to a party and had made a new contact who wanted to do business with us.

Space Invader machine for which he had advanced them hundred lire pieces.