[lek-tern] /ˈlɛk tərn/
a reading desk in a church on which the Bible rests and from which the lessons are read during the church service.
a stand with a slanted top, used to hold a book, speech, manuscript, etc., at the proper height for a reader or speaker.
a reading desk or support in a church
any similar desk or support
early 14c., lettorne, lettron, from Old French letron, from Medieval Latin lectrinum, from Late Latin lectrum “lectern,” from root of Latin legere “to read” (see lecture (n.)). Half-re-Latinized in English in 15c.
[lek-tin] /ˈlɛk tɪn/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. any of a group of proteins that bind to particular carbohydrates in the manner of an antibody and are commonly extracted from plants for use as an agglutinin, as in clumping red blood cells for blood typing. /ˈlɛktɪn/ noun 1. a type of protein possessing high affinity for a […]
noun 1. a weasel, Mustela nivalis, of northern regions, that grows to a length of about 6 inches (15 cm).
[leest-weyz] /ˈlistˌweɪz/ adverb, Dialect. 1. at least; at any rate; leastwise. /ˈliːstˌweɪz/ adverb 1. (informal) at least; anyway; at any rate 1825, colloquial, from least + way. Regarded as vulgar, but simply a one-word form of Chaucer’s leest weye (late 14c.).
noun, Mathematics. 1. an upper bound that is less than or equal to all the upper bounds of a particular set. 3 is the least upper bound of the set consisting of 1, 2, 3. Abbr.: lub.