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league


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  League  \League\,  n.  [Cf.  OE  legue,  lieue,  a  measure  of  length, 
  F.  lieue,  Pr  lega,  legua  It  &  LL  lega,  Sp  legua  Pg 
  legoa,  legua  all  fr  LL  leuca,  of  Celtic  origin:  cf  Arm. 
  leo,  lev  (perh.  from  French),  Ir  leige  (perh.  from  English); 
  also  Ir  &  Gael.  leac  a  flag,  a  broad,  flat  stone,  W.  llech, 
  --  such  stones  having  perh.  served  as  a  sort  of  milestone 
  (cf.  {Cromlech}).] 
  1.  A  measure  of  length  or  distance,  varying  in  different 
  countries  from  about  2.4  to  4.6  English  statute  miles  of 
  5.280  feet  each  and  used  (as  a  land  measure)  chiefly  on 
  the  continent  of  Europe,  and  in  the  Spanish  parts  of 
  America.  The  marine  league  of  England  and  the  United 
  States  is  equal  to  three  marine,  or  geographical,  miles  of 
  6080  feet  each 
 
  Note:  The  English  land  league  is  equal  to  three  English 
  statute  miles.  The  Spanish  and  French  leagues  vary  in 
  each  country  according  to  usage  and  the  kind  of 
  measurement  to  which  they  are  applied.  The  Dutch  and 
  German  leagues  contain  about  four  geographical  miles, 
  or  about  4.6  English  statute  miles. 
 
  2.  A  stone  erected  near  a  public  road  to  mark  the  distance  of 
  a  league.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  League  \League\,  n.  [F.  ligue,  LL  liga,  fr  L.  ligare  to  bind; 
  cf  Sp  liga.  Cf  {Ally}  a  confederate,  {Ligature}.] 
  An  alliance  or  combination  of  two  or  more  nations,  parties, 
  or  persons,  for  the  accomplishment  of  a  purpose  which 
  requires  a  continued  course  of  action  as  for  mutual  defense, 
  or  for  furtherance  of  commercial,  religious,  or  political 
  interests,  etc 
 
  And  let  there  be  'Twixt  us  and  them  no  league,  nor 
  amity.  --Denham. 
 
  Note:  A  league  may  be  offensive  or  defensive,  or  both 
  offensive,  when  the  parties  agree  to  unite  in  attacking 
  a  common  enemy;  defensive,  when  they  agree  to  a  mutual 
  defense  of  each  other  against  an  enemy. 
 
  {The  Holy  League},  an  alliance  of  Roman  Catholics  formed  in 
  1576  by  influence  of  the  Duke  of  Guise  for  the  exclusion 
  of  Protestants  from  the  throne  of  France. 
 
  {Solemn  League  and  Covenant}.  See  {Covenant},2. 
 
  {The  land  league},  an  association,  organized  in  Dublin  in 
  1879,  to  promote  the  interests  of  the  Irish  tenantry,  its 
  avowed  objects  being  to  secure  fixity  of  tenure  fair  rent, 
  and  free  sale  of  the  tenants'  interest.  It  was  declared 
  illegal  by  Parliament,  but  vigorous  prosecutions  have 
  failed  to  suppress  it 
 
  Syn:  Alliance;  confederacy;  confederation;  coalition; 
  combination;  compact;  co["o]peration. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  League  \League\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Leagued};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Leaguing}.]  [Cf.  F.  se  liguer.  See  2d  {League}.] 
  To  unite  in  a  league  or  confederacy;  to  combine  for  mutual 
  support;  to  confederate.  --South. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  League  \League\,  v.  t. 
  To  join  in  a  league;  to  cause  to  combine  for  a  joint  purpose; 
  to  combine;  to  unite;  as  common  interests  will  league 
  heterogeneous  elements. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  league 
  n  1:  an  association  of  sports  teams  that  organizes  matches  for 
  its  members  [syn:  {conference}] 
  2:  an  association  of  states  or  organizations  or  individuals  for 
  common  action 
  3:  an  obsolete  unit  of  distance  of  variable  length  (usually  3 
  miles) 
  v  :  unite  to  form  a  league 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  League 
  a  treaty  or  confederacy.  The  Jews  were  forbidden  to  enter  into 
  an  alliance  of  any  kind  (1)  with  the  Canaanites  (Ex.  23:32,  33; 
  34:12-16);  (2)  with  the  Amalekites  (Ex.  17:8,  14;  Deut. 
  25:17-19);  (3)  with  the  Moabites  and  Ammonites  (Deut.  2:9,  19). 
  Treaties  were  permitted  to  be  entered  into  with  all  other 
  nations.  Thus  David  maintained  friendly  intercourse  with  the 
  kings  of  Tyre  and  Hamath,  and  Solomon  with  the  kings  of  Tyre  and 
  Egypt. 
 




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