Hypertext Webster Gateway: "leash"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Leash \Leash\, n. [OE. lese, lees, leece, OF. lesse, F. laisse,
LL. laxa, fr. L. laxus loose. See {Lax}.]
1. A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a falconer
holds his hawk, or a courser his dog.

Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash. --Shak.

2. (Sporting) A brace and a half; a tierce; three; three
creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes,
bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.

[I] kept my chamber a leash of days. --B. Jonson.

Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings.

3. (Weaving) A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp
threads, in a loom.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Leash \Leash\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Leashed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
To tie together, or hold, with a leash.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to
restrain an animal [syn: {tether}, {lead}]
2: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
[syn: {three}, {3}, {III}, {trio}, {threesome}, {tierce},
{troika}, {triad}, {trine}, {trinity}, {ternary}, {ternion},
{triplet}, {tercet}, {terzetto}, {trey}, {deuce-ace}]
v : fasten with a rope; "rope the bag securely" [syn: {rope}]

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