Main definitions of lake in English

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lake1

noun

  • 1A large area of water surrounded by land.

    ‘boys were swimming in the lake’
    [in names] ‘Lake Victoria’
    • ‘Ospreys live near rivers, estuaries, salt marshes, lakes, reservoirs, and other large bodies of water.’
    • ‘Through the trees however, the sparkle of a large, man-made lake was visible.’
    • ‘The nearby crater lake, Pavin, is visited by over 200,000 people each year.’
    • ‘The section around Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, had not been built.’
    • ‘Logging enterprises have destroyed traditional maple sugar camps, and fish caught in freshwater lakes are contaminated with mercury.’
    • ‘They set up camp at Rwanda's main airport, surrounded by rolling hills and turquoise mountain lakes.’
    • ‘As April arrived the lake water level rose by a couple of feet after a sustained period of rain.’
    • ‘The rocks are glacial lake beds of dark gray silt, clay, and peat.’
    • ‘Sunday afternoon found us trying out, with some success, the small trout lake situated just behind the bungalow.’
    • ‘A lone tree sat dejectedly atop a small hill, overlooking a small lake that reflected the clouded sky above.’
    • ‘The circumstances under which the fish reached the crater lakes have been a subject of speculation for many years.’
    • ‘I mean, they live basically off the fishing from the world's second largest freshwater lake.’
    • ‘The project would involve creating a huge artificial lake and sifting out the mineral.’
    • ‘The surrounding area has a man-made lake, surrounded by huge boathouses and houses.’
    • ‘Instead, the most recommended fish are salmon, common mackerel and lake trout.’
    • ‘The inland lake is filled with seawater each day, and stocked with marine fish.’
    • ‘The lake sturgeon does not appear to present any negative attributes concerning the environment or humans.’
    • ‘There are no federal environmental or health standards for arsenic or copper in lake sediments.’
    • ‘Crocodiles and flamingoes can often be seen in and around the shallow lakes and pools on the islands.’
    • ‘The following day, I got up early to fish the carp lake.’
    pond, pool, tarn, reservoir, lagoon, waterhole, inland sea, swim
    loch, lochan
    lough
    bayou
    moana
    sagar
    mere
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    1. 1.1The Lake District.
      • ‘I am looking at house in the Lakes of Country Place.’
      • ‘So if you're looking for a house in the Lakes to celebrate a 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or even 70th birthday Boston House is the ideal choice.’
    2. 1.2A pool of liquid.
      ‘the fish was served in a lake of spicy sauce’
      • ‘Outside the concrete and brick building, people gingerly walked around small lakes of blood that pooled on the street.’
      • ‘In particular, there is no conclusive evidence yet to either confirm or deny the presence of the putative lakes of liquid ethane on Titan's surface.’
      • ‘No one knows if liquid chemical lakes exist on the surface of Titan.’
      • ‘Pictures and spectral data taken on the way down show a terrain made of ice ridges and hills, cut through by drainage channels, rivers and lakes of liquid methane.’
      • ‘The prospect of China's consuming ever growing lakes of oil has been noted over the years, although it is gaining new urgency as Chinese consumption continues to soar.’
      • ‘After all, the subterranean lakes of oil beneath Iraq contain thousands of millions of barrels so there is plenty for everybody.’
      • ‘Can you imagine being chased across a lake of petrol by a grinning madman with a cigarette lighter?’
      • ‘Some researchers suspect that lakes of liquid ethane, or even a moon-girdling ocean of ethane, methane, and propane, may exist on Titan.’
      • ‘Finally, the mega-slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America are like so many lakes of petrol awaiting the spark of H5N1.’
      • ‘Set slid to the ground without a sound, blood pooling around him and forming a shallow lake of red liquid.’
      • ‘It includes some 300 oil lakes that still, more than a decade later, lie on the land, the result of the Iraqis having set fire to some 700 oil wells in Kuwait.’
      • ‘A dark patch on the surface of Titan, moon of Saturn, might be a lake filled with liquid hydrocarbons, astronomers have said.’
      • ‘A poached pear dessert on a delicious fluff of ricotta and mascarpone cheeses runs afoul in a lake of bullying raspberry sauce.’
    3. 1.3[with modifier]A large surplus of a liquid commodity.
      ‘the EU wine lake’
      • ‘On the Continent the removal of the grain mountains and wine lakes is taken as meaning the system is working.’
      • ‘I must visit the picturesque European wine lake region some time.’
      • ‘The system led to vast overproduction and the creation of so-called butter mountains and wine lakes.’
      • ‘The story is all the more remarkable when you take into account the size of Europe's wine lake and the stiff competition in today's crushingly crowded fine wine market.’
      • ‘Critics say it has resulted in the grotesque and immoral destruction of produce - those wine lakes and butter mountains - to keep prices artificially high.’
      • ‘With its directives on the correct shape of fruit, production quotas, wine lakes and butter mountains the EU is baffling at the best of times.’
      • ‘The grape spirit market was in decline, too, so the EC wine lake was overflowing.’
      • ‘The European Union authorities have been keen to promote its use in place of sugar as a way of helping reduce the European wine lake.’

Origin

Late Old English (denoting a pond or pool), from Old French lac, from Latin lacus basin, pool, lake.

Pronunciation:

lake

/leɪk/

Main definitions of lake in English

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lake2

noun

  • 1[mass noun], [often with modifier] An insoluble pigment made by combining a soluble organic dye and an insoluble mordant.

    • ‘The inclusion of azurite blue and lake glazes indicates that this was a sophisticated and expensive colour scheme.’
    • ‘This mordant reacts with the dye alizarin to form a red lake, exactly as it does in a test tube in the typical analytical test for aluminum.’
    • ‘Burnt umber, terre verte, red ochre, red lake and burnt sienna were identified in several places.’
    1. 1.1A purplish-red pigment made in the same way as lake, originally one obtained from lac.
      • ‘Then she picked up a handful of lake and gave it to me.’

Origin

Early 17th century: variant of lac.

Pronunciation:

lake

/leɪk/