[lem-uh n] /ˈlɛm ən/
the yellowish, acid fruit of a subtropical citrus tree, Citrus limon.
the tree itself.
Informal. a person or thing that proves to be defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory; dud:
His car turned out to be a lemon.
made of or with lemon.
having the color, taste, or odor of lemon.
having or resembling the taste or colour of a lemon
(Austral, slang) angry or irritable
a small Asian evergreen tree, Citrus limon, widely cultivated in warm and tropical regions, having pale green glossy leaves and edible fruits related adjectives citric citrine citrous
Also called lemon yellow
a distinctive tart flavour made from or in imitation of the lemon
(slang) a person or thing considered to be useless or defective
1846, from lemon (n.1) + -y (2). In Australia/New Zealand slang, also “irritated, angry” (1941).
type of citrus fruit, c.1400, lymon, from Old French limon “citrus fruit” (12c.), via Provençal or Italian from Arabic laimun, from Persian limu(n), generic terms for citrus fruits (cf. lime (n.2)); cognate with Sanskrit nimbu “the lime.” Slang meaning “a Quaalude” is 1960s, from Lemmon, name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug.
“worthless thing,” 1909, American English slang; from lemon (n.1), perhaps via criminal slang sense of “a person who is a loser, a simpleton,” which is perhaps from the notion of someone a sharper can “suck the juice out of.” A pool hall hustle was called a lemon game (1908); while to hand someone a lemon was British slang (1906) for “to pass off a sub-standard article as a good one.” Or it simply may be a metaphor for something which leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth.
hand someone a lemon
[1960s+ Narcotics; Lemmon is the name of a pharmaceutical company that once manufactured the drug]
noun 1. a clear, yellowish-green color.
[lem-pah] /ˈlɛm pɑ/ noun 1. a river rising in NW El Salvador, flowing E and then S to the Pacific Ocean. About 200 miles (320 km) long.
- Lempel-ziv compression
Substitutional compression schemes proposed by Jakob Ziv and Abraham Lempel in 1977 and 1978. There are two main schemes, LZ77 and LZ78. Lempel-Ziv Welch compression is a variant of LZ78.
- Lempel-ziv welch compression
(LZW) The algorithm used by the Unix compress command to reduce the size of files, e.g. for archival or transmission. LZW was designed by Terry Welch in 1984 for implementation in hardware for high-performance disk controllers. It is a variant of LZ78, one of the two Lempel-Ziv compression schemes. The LZW algorithm relies on reoccurrence […]