Definitions of leaf

  1. look through a book or other written material; " He thumbed through the report"; " She leafed through the volume"
  2. the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
  3. a sheet of any written or printed material ( especially in a manuscript or book)
  4. hinged or detachable flat section ( as of a table or door)
  5. produce leaves, of plants
  6. turn over pages; " leaf through a book"; " leaf a manuscript"
  7. A colored, usually green, expansion growing from the side of a stem or rootstock, in which the sap for the use of the plant is elaborated under the influence of light; one of the parts of a plant which collectively constitute its foliage.
  8. A special organ of vegetation in the form of a lateral outgrowth from the stem, whether appearing as a part of the foliage, or as a cotyledon, a scale, a bract, a spine, or a tendril.
  9. Something which is like a leaf in being wide and thin and having a flat surface, or in being attached to a larger body by one edge or end; as : ( a) A part of a book or folded sheet containing two pages upon its opposite sides. ( b) A side, division, or part, that slides or is hinged, as of window shutters, folding doors, etc. ( c) The movable side of a table. ( d) A very thin plate; as, gold leaf. ( e) A portion of fat lying in a separate fold or layer. ( f) One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.
  10. To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May.
  11. One of the thin flat parts of a plant borne by the stem; a thinly beaten sheet; as, gold leaf used in gilding domes, etc.; something thin and flat, as a single sheet of a book with a page on each side, etc.
  12. One of the thin, flat parts of plants: anything beaten thin like a leaf: two pages of a book: one side of a window- shutter, etc.:- pl. LEAVES, lē vz.
  13. To shoot out or produce leaves:- pa. t. leafing; pa. p. leaded.
  14. One of the flat breathing- organs of plants; anything like a leaf, double page of a book, half of a double door.
  15. One of the breathing organs of a plant, growing from the stem, and commonly board, flat, thin, and green; also, something resembling this, as a fold of a book, a movable part of a table, or a valve of a door.
  16. The green deciduous expanded organ of a plant, in which the sap is elaborated by contact with the air and light; a part of a book containing two pages; the side of a window- shutter, folding- door, & c; a something resembling a leaf in thinness and extension; a very thin plate; the moveable side of a table.
  17. To shoot out or produce leaves.
  18. An expanded outgrowth of a stem, usually green.

Usage examples for leaf

  1. " These are splendid trees, and every leaf on 'em is splendid, too, and the little spring I found is just about as fine a spring as the forest holds. – The Hunters of the Hills by Joseph Altsheler
  2. I don't think any leaf is as handsome as an oak- leaf, and just look up there! – Gritli's Children by Johanna Spyri
  3. I placed the open leaf before my mother. – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  4. By the time he arrived at the tree he was trembling like a leaf with excitement. – The Faery Tales of Weir by Anna McClure Sholl
  5. Once on such an occasion, one of them came up to him as he lay in bed, and giving him a green leaf told him to put it in his mouth. – The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz
  6. Probably, Mr. X. saw that there was something amiss; he presently went back downstairs, took the remainder of the torn leaf from his notebook, and pinned it to the door. – The Mardi Gras Mystery by H. Bedford-Jones
  7. I fancy that only by taking a leaf out of the blackfellows' book could one have any success in spinifex- rat hunting. – Spinifex and Sand Five Years' Pioneering and Exploration in Western Australia by David W Carnegie
  8. A leaf out of Patti's book! – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  9. Have some twig- borers and leaf- crumplers. – The Apple by Various
  10. Your uncle beat his sovereigns into gold- leaf. – The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont by Robert Barr
  11. Small wonder that her heart flew like a leaf in a high wind. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  12. Paul and I, taking a leaf from our neighbors' book, held, with a courage like theirs, to their excellent habit of saying nothing when there is nothing to say. – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  13. Because you're mine now, you know, since I've turned over this new leaf." – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  14. There is one leaf on which there are over one hundred and fifty thousand. – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  15. You must turn over a new leaf, you know. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  16. I had a pocketbook and tore out a leaf and wrote-" Lying on the ground with both legs broken, to the eastward of the camp," and signed it, " Tom Rushforth." – Adventures in the Far West by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. She was shaking all over like a leaf. – Louisiana by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  18. My name is on the first leaf. – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  19. Example V.-" The Last Leaf." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown