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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Love  \Love\,  n.  [OE.  love,  luve,  AS  lufe,  lufu;  akin  to  E. 
  lief,  believe,  L.  lubet,  libet,it  pleases,  Skr.  lubh  to  be 
  lustful.  See  {Lief}.] 
  1.  A  feeling  of  strong  attachment  induced  by  that  which 
  delights  or  commands  admiration;  pre["e]minent  kindness  or 
  devotion  to  another;  affection;  tenderness;  as  the  love 
  of  brothers  and  sisters. 
 
  Of  all  the  dearest  bonds  we  prove  Thou  countest 
  sons'  and  mothers'  love  Most  sacred,  most  Thine  own 
  --Keble. 
 
  2.  Especially,  devoted  attachment  to  or  tender  or  passionate 
  affection  for  one  of  the  opposite  sex. 
 
  He  on  his  side  Leaning  half-raised,  with  looks  of 
  cordial  love  Hung  over  her  enamored.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Courtship;  --  chiefly  in  the  phrase  to  make  love,  i.  e., 
  to  court,  to  woo,  to  solicit  union  in  marriage. 
 
  Demetrius  .  .  .  Made  love  to  Nedar's  daughter, 
  Helena,  And  won  her  soul.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Affection;  kind  feeling;  friendship;  strong  liking  or 
  desire;  fondness;  good  will  --  opposed  to  {hate};  often 
  with  of  and  an  object. 
 
  Love,  and  health  to  all  --Shak. 
 
  Smit  with  the  love  of  sacred  song.  --Milton. 
 
  The  love  of  science  faintly  warmed  his  breast. 
  --Fenton. 
 
  5.  Due  gratitude  and  reverence  to  God. 
 
  Keep  yourselves  in  the  love  of  God.  --Jude  21. 
 
  6.  The  object  of  affection;  --  often  employed  in  endearing 
  address.  ``Trust  me  love.''  --Dryden. 
 
  Open  the  temple  gates  unto  my  love.  --Spenser. 
 
  7.  Cupid,  the  god  of  love;  sometimes  Venus. 
 
  Such  was  his  form  as  painters,  when  they  show  Their 
  utmost  art,  on  naked  Lores  bestow.  --Dryden. 
 
  Therefore  do  nimble-pinioned  doves  draw  Love. 
  --Shak. 
 
  8.  A  thin  silk  stuff.  [Obs.]  --Boyle. 
 
  9.  (Bot.)  A  climbing  species  of  Clematis  ({C.  Vitalba}). 
 
  10.  Nothing;  no  points  scored  on  one  side  --  used  in 
  counting  score  at  tennis,  etc 
 
  He  won  the  match  by  three  sets  to  love.  --The 
  Field. 
 
  Note:  Love  is  often  used  in  the  formation  of  compounds,  in 
  most  of  which  the  meaning  is  very  obvious;  as 
  love-cracked,  love-darting,  love-killing,  love-linked, 
  love-taught,  etc 
 
  {A  labor  of  love},  a  labor  undertaken  on  account  of  regard 
  for  some  person,  or  through  pleasure  in  the  work  itself 
  without  expectation  of  reward. 
 
  {Free  love},  the  doctrine  or  practice  of  consorting  with  one 
  of  the  opposite  sex,  at  pleasure,  without  marriage.  See 
  {Free  love}. 
 
  {Free  lover},  one  who  avows  or  practices  free  love. 
 
  {In  love},  in  the  act  of  loving;  --  said  esp.  of  the  love  of 
  the  sexes;  as  to  be  in  love;  to  fall  in  love. 
 
  {Love  apple}  (Bot.),  the  tomato. 
 
  {Love  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  several  species  of  small 
  short-tailed  parrots,  or  parrakeets,  of  the  genus 
  {Agapornis},  and  allied  genera.  They  are  mostly  from 
  Africa.  Some  species  are  often  kept  as  cage  birds,  and  are 
  celebrated  for  the  affection  which  they  show  for  their 
  mates. 
 
  {Love  broker},  a  person  who  for  pay  acts  as  agent  between 
  lovers,  or  as  a  go-between  in  a  sexual  intrigue.  --Shak. 
 
  {Love  charm},  a  charm  for  exciting  love.  --Ld.  Lytton. 
 
  {Love  child}.  an  illegitimate  child.  --Jane  Austen. 
 
  {Love  day},  a  day  formerly  appointed  for  an  amicable 
  adjustment  of  differences.  [Obs.]  --Piers  Plowman. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Love  drink},  a  love  potion;  a  philter.  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Love  favor},  something  given  to  be  worn  in  token  of  love. 
 
  {Love  feast},  a  religious  festival,  held  quarterly  by  some 
  religious  denominations,  as  the  Moravians  and  Methodists, 
  in  imitation  of  the  agap[ae]  of  the  early  Christians. 
 
  {Love  feat},  the  gallant  act  of  a  lover.  --Shak. 
 
  {Love  game},  a  game,  as  in  tennis,  in  which  the  vanquished 
  person  or  party  does  not  score  a  point. 
 
  {Love  grass}.  [G.  liebesgras.]  (Bot.)  Any  grass  of  the  genus 
  {Eragrostis}. 
 
  {Love-in-a-mist}.  (Bot.) 
  a  An  herb  of  the  Buttercup  family  ({Nigella  Damascena}) 
  having  the  flowers  hidden  in  a  maze  of  finely  cut 
  bracts. 
  b  The  West  Indian  {Passiflora  f[oe]tida},  which  has 
  similar  bracts. 
 
  {Love-in-idleness}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  violet;  the  small  pansy. 
 
  A  little  western  flower,  Before  milk-white,  now 
  purple  with  love's  wound;  And  maidens  call  it 
  love-in-idleness.  --Shak. 
 
  {Love  juice},  juice  of  a  plant  supposed  to  produce  love. 
  --Shak. 
 
  {Love  knot},  a  knot  or  bow,  as  of  ribbon;  --  so  called  from 
  being  used  as  a  token  of  love,  or  as  a  pledge  of  mutual 
  affection.  --Milman. 
 
  {Love  lass},  a  sweetheart. 
 
  {Love  letter},  a  letter  of  courtship.  --Shak. 
 
  {Love-lies-bleeding}  (Bot.),  a  species  of  amaranth 
  ({Amarantus  melancholicus}). 
 
  {Love  match},  a  marriage  brought  about  by  love  alone. 
 
  {Love  potion},  a  compounded  draught  intended  to  excite  love, 
  or  venereal  desire. 
 
  {Love  rites},  sexual  intercourse.  --Pope 
 
  {Love  scene},  an  exhibition  of  love,  as  between  lovers  on  the 
  stage. 
 
  {Love  suit},  courtship.  --Shak. 
 
  {Of  all  loves},  for  the  sake  of  all  love;  by  all  means 
  [Obs.]  ``Mrs.  Arden  desired  him  of  all  loves  to  come  back 
  again.''  --Holinshed. 
 
  {The  god  of  love},  or  {Love  god},  Cupid. 
 
  {To  make  love  to},  to  express  affection  for  to  woo.  ``If  you 
  will  marry,  make  your  loves  to  me.''  --Shak. 
 
  {To  play  for  love},  to  play  a  game,  as  at  cards,  without 
  stakes.  ``A  game  at  piquet  for  love.''  --Lamb. 
 
  Syn:  Affection;  friendship;  kindness;  tenderness;  fondness; 
  delight. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Love  \Love\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Loved};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Loving}.]  [AS.  lufian.  ?.  See  {Love},  n.] 
  1.  To  have  a  feeling  of  love  for  to  regard  with  affection  or 
  good  will  as  to  love  one's  children  and  friends;  to  love 
  one's  country;  to  love  one's  God. 
 
  Thou  shalt  love  the  Lord  thy  God  with  all  thy  heart, 
  and  with  all  thy  soul,  and  with  all  thy  mind. 
  --Matt.  xxii. 
  37. 
 
  Thou  shalt  love  thy  neighbor  as  thy  self  --Matt. 
  xxii.  39. 
 
  2.  To  regard  with  passionate  and  devoted  affection,  as  that 
  of  one  sex  for  the  other 
 
  3.  To  take  delight  or  pleasure  in  to  have  a  strong  liking  or 
  desire  for  or  interest  in  to  be  pleased  with  to  like 
  as  to  love  books;  to  love  adventures. 
 
  Wit,  eloquence,  and  poetry.  Arts  which  I  loved. 
  --Cowley. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Love  \Love\,  v.  i. 
  To  have  the  feeling  of  love;  to  be  in  love. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  love 
  n  1:  a  strong  positive  emotion  of  regard  and  affection;  "his  love 
  for  his  work";  "children  need  a  lot  of  love"  [ant:  {hate}] 
  2:  any  object  of  warm  affection  or  devotion;  "the  theater  was 
  her  first  love"  or  "he  has  a  passion  for  cock  fighting" 
  [syn:  {passion}] 
  3:  a  beloved  person;  used  as  terms  of  endearment  [syn:  {beloved}, 
  {dear},  {dearest},  {loved  one},  {honey}] 
  4:  a  deep  feeling  of  sexual  desire  and  attraction;  "their  love 
  left  them  indifferent  to  their  surroundings";  "she  was  his 
  first  love" 
  5:  a  score  of  zero  in  tennis  or  squash;  "it  was  40  love" 
  6:  sexual  activities  (often  including  sexual  intercourse) 
  between  two  people;  "his  lovemaking  disgusted  her";  "he 
  hadn't  had  any  love  in  months"  [syn:  {sexual  love},  {lovemaking}, 
  {making  love}] 
  v  1:  have  a  great  affection  or  liking  for  "I  love  French  food"; 
  "She  loves  her  boss  and  works  hard  for  him"  [ant:  {hate}] 
  2:  get  pleasure  from  "I  love  cooking"  [syn:  {enjoy}] 
  3:  be  enamored  or  in  love  with  "She  loves  her  husband  deeply" 
  4:  have  sexual  intercourse  with  "This  student  sleeps  with 
  everyone  in  her  dorm";  "Adam  knew  Eve"  (know  is  archaic); 
  "Were  you  ever  intimate  with  this  man?"  [syn:  {make  out}, 
  {make  love},  {sleep  with},  {get  laid},  {have  sex},  {know}, 
  {do  it},  {be  intimate},  {have  intercourse},  {have  it  away}, 
  {have  it  off},  {screw},  {fuck},  {jazz},  {eff},  {hump},  {lie 
  with},  {bed},  {have  a  go  at  it},  {bang},  {get  it  on},  {bonk}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  love 
 
  What  many  users  feel  for  computers. 
 
  "I  don't  really  love  computers,  I  just  say  that  to  get  them 
  into  bed  with  me".  (Terry  Pratchet) 
 
  [What  did  you  expect  in  a  computing  dictionary?] 
 
  (1995-05-10) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Love 
  This  word  seems  to  require  explanation  only  in  the  case  of  its 
  use  by  our  Lord  in  his  interview  with  "Simon,  the  son  of  Jonas," 
  after  his  resurrection  (John  21:16,  17).  When  our  Lord  says, 
  "Lovest  thou  me?"  he  uses  the  Greek  word  _agapas_;  and  when 
  Simon  answers,  he  uses  the  Greek  word  _philo_,  i.e.,  "I  love." 
  This  is  the  usage  in  the  first  and  second  questions  put  by  our 
  Lord;  but  in  the  third  our  Lord  uses  Simon's  word  The 
  distinction  between  these  two  Greek  words  is  thus  fitly 
  described  by  Trench:,  "_Agapan_  has  more  of  judgment  and 
  deliberate  choice;  _philein_  has  more  of  attachment  and  peculiar 
  personal  affection.  Thus  the  'Lovest  thou'  (Gr.  agapas)  on  the 
  lips  of  the  Lord  seems  to  Peter  at  this  moment  too  cold  a  word 
  as  though  his  Lord  were  keeping  him  at  a  distance,  or  at  least 
  not  inviting  him  to  draw  near  as  in  the  passionate  yearning  of 
  his  heart  he  desired  now  to  do  Therefore  he  puts  by  the  word 
  and  substitutes  his  own  stronger  'I  love'  (Gr.  philo)  in  its 
  room  A  second  time  he  does  the  same  And  now  he  has  conquered; 
  for  when  the  Lord  demands  a  third  time  whether  he  loves  him  he 
  does  it  in  the  word  which  alone  will  satisfy  Peter  ('Lovest 
  thou,'  Gr  phileis),  which  alone  claims  from  him  that  personal 
  attachment  and  affection  with  which  indeed  he  knows  that  his 
  heart  is  full." 
 
  In  1  Cor.  13  the  apostle  sets  forth  the  excellency  of  love,  as 
  the  word  charity"  there  is  rendered  in  the  Revised  Version. 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  LOVE,  n.  A  temporary  insanity  curable  by  marriage  or  by  removal  of 
  the  patient  from  the  influences  under  which  he  incurred  the  disorder. 
  This  disease,  like  _caries_  and  many  other  ailments,  is  prevalent  only 
  among  civilized  races  living  under  artificial  conditions;  barbarous 
  nations  breathing  pure  air  and  eating  simple  food  enjoy  immunity  from 
  its  ravages.  It  is  sometimes  fatal,  but  more  frequently  to  the 
  physician  than  to  the  patient. 
 
 




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