Left bower
Left Left, a. [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyft[=a]dl palsy; or cf. AS. l[=e]f weak.] 1. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the limbs is usually weaker than on the other side; -- opposed to {right}, when used in reference to a part of the body; as, the left hand, or arm; the left ear. Also said of the corresponding side of the lower animals. [1913 Webster]

2. Situated so that the left side of the body is toward it; as, the left side of a deliberative meeting is that to the left of the presiding officer; the left wing of an army is that to the left of the center to one facing an enemy. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Left bank of a river}, that which is on the left hand of a person whose face is turned downstream.

{Left bower}. See under 2d {Bower}.

{Left center}, the members whose sympathies are, in the main, with the members of the Left, but who do not favor extreme courses, and on occasions vote with the government. They sit between the Center and the extreme Left.

{Over the left shoulder}, or {Over the left}, an old but still current colloquialism, or slang expression, used as an aside to indicate insincerity, negation, or disbelief; as, he said it, and it is true, -- over the left. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Left bower — Bower Bow er (bou [ e]r), n. [G. bauer a peasant. So called from the figure sometimes used for the knave in cards. See {Boor}.] One of the two highest cards in the pack commonly used in the game of euchre. [1913 Webster] {Right bower}, the knave… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • left bower — noun : the jack of the other suit of the same color as the trump suit (as in euchre and five hundred) * * * left bower, the jack that has the same color as the jack of trumps in certain card games …   Useful english dictionary

  • Left Bower — Euchre The other jack of the same color as the jack of the trump suit …   The official rules of card games glossary

  • Bower — may refer to:* a folly built by the Bowerbird to attract mates * a dwelling or lean to shelter * an anchor carried at the bow of a ship * Bower Manuscript, a Sanskrit manuscript * Bower Barff process, a metallurgy method of coating iron or steel… …   Wikipedia

  • Left — Left, a. [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyft[=a]dl palsy; or cf. AS. l[=e]f weak.] 1. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the limbs is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Left bank of a river — Left Left, a. [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyft[=a]dl palsy; or cf. AS. l[=e]f weak.] 1. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Left center — Left Left, a. [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD. lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyft[=a]dl palsy; or cf. AS. l[=e]f weak.] 1. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which the muscular action of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bower — Bow er (bou [ e]r), n. [G. bauer a peasant. So called from the figure sometimes used for the knave in cards. See {Boor}.] One of the two highest cards in the pack commonly used in the game of euchre. [1913 Webster] {Right bower}, the knave of the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bower — bower1 [bou′ər] n. [ME bour < OE bur, room, hut, dwelling, akin to Ger bauer, bird cage: for IE base see BONDAGE] 1. a place enclosed by overhanging boughs of trees or by vines on a trellis; arbor 2. Old Poet. a rustic cottage or retreat 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • left — 1. adj., adv., & n. (opp. RIGHT). adj. 1 on or towards the side of the human body which corresponds to the position of west if one regards oneself as facing north. 2 on or towards the part of an object which is analogous to a person s left side… …   Useful english dictionary

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