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See also: Leme, lemé, and lëmë



From Old English leem leme leam, as Old English lēoma (light, brightness) ; akin to light.


leme (plural lemes)

  1. (obsolete) A ray or glimmer of light; a gleam.
    • Chaucer
      Fire with red lemes.
    • Thomas Elyot
      Thereby the incomprehensible majestie of God, as it were by a bright leme of a torch or candle, is declared to the blinde inhabitants of this world.


leme (third-person singular simple present lemes, present participle leming, simple past and past participle lemed)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To shine.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Piers Plowman to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for leme in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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leme m (plural lemes)

  1. (nautical) rudder (underwater vane used to steer a vessel)
  2. (aeronautics) rudder (control surface of an aircraft)

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