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LEAST, a.

Smallest; little beyond others, either in size or degree; as the least insect; the least mercy.

Least is often used without the noun to which it refers. "I am the least of the apostles," that is, the least apostle of all the apostles. 1Cor. 15.

LEAST, adv.

1. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.

At least,

At the least, To say no more; not to demand or affirm more than is barely sufficient; at the lowest degree. If he has not incurred a penalty, he at least deserves censure.

He who tempts, though vain, at least asperses the tempted with dishonor.

2. To say no more. Let useful observations be at least a part of your conversation.

The least, in the smallest degree. His faculties are not in the least impaired.

At leastwise, in the sense of at least, is obsolete.



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LEAST, a.

Smallest; little beyond others, either in size or degree; as the least insect; the least mercy.

Least is often used without the noun to which it refers. "I am the least of the apostles," that is, the least apostle of all the apostles. 1Cor. 15.

LEAST, adv.

1. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.

At least,

At the least, To say no more; not to demand or affirm more than is barely sufficient; at the lowest degree. If he has not incurred a penalty, he at least deserves censure.

He who tempts, though vain, at least asperses the tempted with dishonor.

2. To say no more. Let useful observations be at least a part of your conversation.

The least, in the smallest degree. His faculties are not in the least impaired.

At leastwise, in the sense of at least, is obsolete.

LEAST, a. [superl. of Sax. læs, less, contracted from læsest. It can not be regularly formed from little.]

Smallest; little beyond others, either in size or degree; as, the least insect; the least mercy. Least is often used without the noun to which it refers. “I am the least of the apostles,” that is, the least apostle of all the apostles. – 1 Cor. xv.


LEAST, adv.

  1. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it. At least, or At the least, to say no more; not to demand or affirm more than is barely sufficient; at the lowest degree. If he has not incurred a penalty, he at least deserves censure. He who tempts, though vain, at least asperses / The tempted with dishonor. – Milton.
  2. To say no more. Let useful observations be at least a part of your conversation. The least, in the smallest degree. His faculties are not in the least impaired. At leastwise, in the sense of at least, is obsolete.

Least
  1. Smallest, either in size or degree; shortest; lowest; most unimportant; as, the least insect; the least mercy; the least space.

    * Least is often used with the, as if a noun.

    I am the least of the apostles. 1 Cor. xv. 9.

    At least, or At the least, at the least estimate, consideration, chance, etc.; hence, at any rate; at all events; even. See However.

    He who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses
    The tempted with dishonor.
    Milton.

    Upon the mast they saw a young man, at least if he were a man, who sat as on horseback. Sir P. Sidney.

    -- In least, or In the least, in the least degree, manner, etc. "He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much." Luke xvi. 10. -- Least squares (Math.), a method of deducing from a number of carefully made yet slightly discordant observations of a phenomenon the most probable values of the unknown quantities. It takes as its fundamental principle that the most probable values are those which make the sum of the squares of the residual errors of the observation a minimum.

  2. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.
  3. See Lest, conj.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
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Least

LEAST, adjective

Smallest; little beyond others, either in size or degree; as the least insect; the least mercy.

LEAST is often used without the noun to which it refers. 'I am the least of the apostles, ' that is, the least apostle of all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:9.

LEAST, adverb

1. In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others; as, to reward those who least deserve it.

At least

At the least To say no more; not to demand or affirm more than is barely sufficient; at the lowest degree. If he has not incurred a penalty, he at least deserves censure.

He who tempts, though vain, at least asperses the tempted with dishonor.

2. To say no more. Let useful observations be at least a part of your conversation.

The least in the smallest degree. His faculties are not in the least impaired.

At leastwise, in the sense of at least is obsolete.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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LA'DLE, n.

1. A utensil somewhat like a dish, with a long handle, used for throwing or dipping out liquor from a vessel.

2. The receptacle of a mill wheel, which receives the water which moves it.

3. In gunnery, an instrument for drawing the charge of a cannon.

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