The part of the wood in a growth ring of a tree that is produced later in the growing season. The cells of late wood are smaller and have thicker cell walls than those produced earlier in the season. Within a growth ring, the change of early wood to late wood is gradual, but each layer of early wood from the next growing season makes an abrupt contrast with the late wood before it, thus leading to the perception of rings. Compare early wood.
[lou-uh n-burg] /ˈlaʊ ənˌbɜrg/ noun 1. a region in Schleswig-Holstein, in NW Germany: duchy under German rulers 1260–1689; later part of Prussia.
[laf, lahf] /læf, lɑf/ verb (used without object) 1. to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements. 2. to experience the […]
- Laugh all the way to the bank
verb phrase To be amused and gratified by a victory where a defeat was predicted: The film, with horrible reviews, grossed more than $30 million. Disney laughed all the way to the bank (1970s+) Also, cried all the way to the bank. Exult in a financial gain from something that had either been derided or […]
- Laugh and the world laughs with you
Keep your sense of humor and people will sympathize with you, as in She’s always cheerful and has dozens of friends; laugh and the world laughs with you. This expression actually is part of an ancient Latin saying that concludes, weep and the world weeps with you. The current version, with the ending weep and […]