Pronunciation: (lēf), [key]
n., pl. leavesPronunciation: (lēvz), [key]

1. one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant.
2. any similar or corresponding lateral outgrowth of a stem.
3. a petal: a rose leaf.
4. leaves collectively; foliage.
5. Bibliog.a unit generally comprising two printed, blank, or illustrated pages of a book, one on each side.
6. a thin sheet of metal: silver leaf.
7. a lamina or layer.
8. a sliding, hinged, or detachable flat part, as of a door or tabletop.
9. a section of a drawbridge.
10. a single strip of metal in a leaf spring.
11. a tooth of a small gear wheel, as of a pinion.
12. See leaf fat.
13. Textiles.shaft (def. 14).
14. in leaf, covered with foliage; having leaves: the pale green tint of the woods newly in leaf.
15. take a leaf out of or from someone's book, to follow someone's example; imitate: Some countries that took a leaf out of American industry's book are now doing very well for themselves.
16. turn over a new leaf, to begin anew; make a fresh start: Every New Year's we make resolutions to turn over a new leaf.

1. to put forth leaves.
2. to turn pages, esp. quickly (usually fol. by through): to leaf through a book.

to thumb or turn, as the pages of a book or magazine, in a casual or cursory inspection of the contents.


Pronunciation: (lēf), [key]
Mun•ro Pronunciation: (mun-rō'), [key] 1905–76, U.S. author and illustrator of books for children.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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