LEAGUE . 1 . (Through Fr. ligue, Ital. liga, from
See also:Lat. ligare, to bind), an agreement entered into by two or more parties for mutual
See also:protection or joint attack, or for the furtherance of some
See also:object, also the
See also:body thus joined or " leagued " together . The name has been given to numerous confederations, such as the Achaean League (q.v.), the
See also:confederation of the
See also:ancient cities of Achaia, and especially to the various
See also:holy leagues (ligues
See also:saintes), of which the better known are those formed by
See also:Julius II. against Venice in 15o8, often known as the League of
See also:Cambrai, and against France in 1511 . "The League," in French
See also:history, is that of the Catholics headed by the Guises to preserve the Catholic religion against the
See also:Huguenots and prevent the accession of
See also:Henry of
See also:Navarre to the
See also:throne (see FRANCE: History) . " The
See also:Solemn League and
See also:Covenant " was the agreement for the
See also:establishment of
See also:Presbyterianism in both countries entered into by England and Scotland in 1643 (see
See also:COVENANTERS) . Of commercial leagues the most famous is that of the Hanse towns, known as the Hanseatic League (q.v.) . The word has been adopted by
See also:political associations, such as the
See also:Law League, the Irish
See also:Land League, the
See also:Primrose League and the
See also:United Irish League, and by numerous social organizations . " League " has also been applied to a
See also:form of competition in athletics, especially in Association
See also:football . In this
See also:system clubs " league " together in a competition, each playing every other member of the associationtwice, and the
See also:order of merit is decided by the points gained during the
See also:season, a win counting two and a draw one . 2 . (From the
See also:late Lat. leuga, or leuca, said to be a Gallic word; the mod .
Fr. lieue comes from the O . Fr. liue; the Gaelic leac, meaning a
See also:stone posted as a mark of distance on a road, has been suggested as the origin), a measure of distance, probably never in
See also:regular use in England, and now only in poetical or rhetorical language . It was the
See also:Celtic as opposed to the Teutonic unit, and was used in France, Spain,
See also:Portugal and Italy . In all the countries it varies with different localities, and the ancient distance has never been fixed . The kilometric league of France is fixed at four kilometres . The nautical league is equal to three nautical
See also:miles .
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WILLIAM MARTIN LEAKE (1777-186o)
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