LEE . (I) (In O . Eng. hleo; cf. thepronunciation Cew-
See also:ward of " leeward "; the word appears in several Teutonic
See also:languages; cf . Dutch lij,
See also:lac), properly a shelter or
See also:protection, chiefly used as a nautical
See also:term for that side of a
See also:land, &c., which is farthest from the
See also:wind, hence a " lee
See also:shore," land under the lee of a ship, i.e. one on which the wind blows directly and which is unsheltered . A ship is said to make " leeway " when she drifts laterally away from her course . (2) A word now always used in the plural " lees," meaning dregs, sediment, particularly of
See also:wine . It comes through the O . Fr. lie from a Gaulish
See also:Lat. lia, and is probably of
See also:Celtic origin .
JOHN LEDYARD (1751–1789)
LEE (or LEGIT) ROWLAND (d. 1543)
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