[lot-oh] /ˈlɒt oʊ/
a game of chance in which a leader draws numbered disks at random from a stock and the players cover the corresponding numbers on their cards, the winner being the first to cover a complete row.
a lottery, as one operated by a state government, in which players choose numbers that are matched against those of the official drawing, the winning numbers typically paying large cash prizes.
Also called housey-housey. a children’s game in which numbered discs, counters, etc, are drawn at random and called out, while the players cover the corresponding numbers on cards, the winner being the first to cover all the numbers, a particular row, etc Compare bingo
1778, “type of card game,” from French loto and directly from Italian lotto “a lot,” from Old French lot “lot, share, reward, prize,” from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old English and Old Frisian hlot; see lot (n.)). Meaning “a lottery, a game of chance” is attested from 1787.
- Lotus 1-2-3
tool, product A spreadsheet for MS-DOS from Lotus Development Corporation. It can be programmed using “macros” and comes with a separate program to produce graphs and charts but this cannot be run at the same time as the spreadsheet. It has keyboard-driven pop-up menus as well as one-key commands, making it fast to operate. Lotus […]
- Lotus development corporation
company A software company who produced Lotus 1-2-3, the Symphony spreadsheet and Lotus Notes for the IBM PC. Disliked by the League for Programming Freedom on account of their lawsuits. Quarterly sales $224M, profits $10M (Aug 1994). Telephone: +1 (617) 225 1284. [Where are they? Founded when? Other products? E-mail? Internet?] (1994-11-16)
[loh-tuh s-ee-ter] /ˈloʊ təsˌi tər/ noun 1. Classical Mythology. a member of a people whom Odysseus found existing in a state of languorous forgetfulness induced by their eating of the fruit of the legendary lotus; one of the lotophagi. 2. a person who leads a life of dreamy, indolent ease, indifferent to the busy world; […]
noun a place or state of idle pleasure and luxury, contentment and self-indulgence Word Origin from works of Homer noun phrase