plural of 1 .
noun, plural loaves
[lohvz] /loʊvz/ (Show IPA)
a portion of bread or cake baked in a mass, usually oblong with a rounded top.
a shaped or molded mass of food, as of sugar or chopped meat:
a veal loaf.
the plural of loaf1
noun (pl) loaves (ləʊvz)
a shaped mass of baked bread
any shaped or moulded mass of food, such as cooked meat
(slang) the head; sense: use your loaf!
(intransitive) to loiter or lounge around in an idle way
(transitive) foll by away. to spend (time) idly: he loafed away his life
late 13c., from Old English hlaf “portion of bread baked in a mass of definite form,” from Proto-Germanic *khlaibuz (cf. Old Norse hleifr, Swedish lev, Old Frisian hlef, Old High German hleib, German Laib, Gothic hlaifs “bread, loaf”), of uncertain origin, perhaps connected to Old English hlifian “to raise higher, tower,” on the notion of the bread rising as it bakes, but it is unclear whether “loaf” or “bread” is the original sense. Finnish leipä, Old Church Slavonic chlebu, Lithuanian klepas probably are Germanic loan words. Meaning “chopped meat shaped like a bread loaf” is attested from 1787.
1835, American English, back-formation from loafer (1830), which often is regarded as a variant of land loper (1795), a partial loan-translation of German Landläufer “vagabond,” from Land “land” + Läufer “runner,” from laufen “to run” (see leap). But OED finds this connection “not very probable.” Related: Loafed; loafing.
see: half a loaf is better than none
- Loaves and fishes
A miracle that Jesus performed; the Gospels record several instances of this miracle, with small differences in details. In the best known, Jesus was preaching to a crowd of thousands who grew hungry and needed to be fed, but only five loaves and two fishes could be found. He blessed the food and then commanded […]
[lob] /lɒb/ verb (used with object), lobbed, lobbing. 1. Tennis. to hit (a ball) in a high arc to the back of the opponent’s court. 2. to fire (a missile, as a shell) in a high trajectory so that it drops onto a target. 3. Cricket. to bowl (the ball) with a slow underhand motion. […]
Lobachevski (lō’bə-chěf’skē) Russian mathematician who was a pioneer of non-Euclidean geometry.
[loh-buh-chef-skee; Russian luh-buh-chyef-skyee] /ˌloʊ bəˈtʃɛf ski; Russian lə bʌˈtʃyɛf skyi/ noun 1. Nikolai Ivanovich [nyi-kuh-lahy ee-vah-nuh-vyich] /nyɪ kʌˈlaɪ iˈvɑ nə vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA), 1793–1856, Russian mathematician. /Russian ləbaˈtʃɛfskij/ noun 1. Nikolai Ivanovich (nikaˈlaj iˈvanəvitʃ). 1793–1856, Russian mathematician; a founder of non-Euclidean geometry