[left-bran-ching, -brahn-] /ˈlɛftˌbræn tʃɪŋ, -ˌbrɑn-/
(of a grammatical construction) characterized by greater structural complexity in the position preceding the head, as the phrase my brother’s friend’s house; having most of the constituents on the left in a tree diagram (opposed to ).
- Left coast
noun the West Coast of the United States or Canada Examples Left coast life often focuses on Hollywood. Word Origin humorous reference to that coast being on the left when facing a map noun phrase The Pacific Coast: That’s not what they’re saying out on the Left Coast
- Left colic flexure
left colic flexure n. The bend at the junction of the transverse and descending colon. Also called splenic flexure.
- Left colic vein
left colic vein n. A tributary of the inferior mesenteric vein, accompanying the left colic artery and draining the left flexure and the descending colon.
left-eyed adj. Tending to use the left eye instead of the right when doing work or using an instrument that permits the use of one eye only.