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LEAF (leaves)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does leaf mean? 

LEAF (noun)
  The noun LEAF has 3 senses:

1. the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
2. a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)
3. hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)

  Familiarity information: LEAF used as a noun is uncommon.


LEAF (verb)
  The verb LEAF has 3 senses:

1. look through a book or other written material
2. turn over pages
3. produce leaves, of plants

  Familiarity information: LEAF used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEAF (noun)


Sense 1leaf [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

foliage; leaf; leafage

Hypernyms ("leaf" is a kind of...):

plant organ (a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus)

Meronyms (parts of "leaf"):

leaf form; leaf shape (any of the various shape that leaves of plants can assume)

lobe ((botany) a part into which a leaf is divided)

venation ((botany) the arrangement of veins in a leaf)

Meronyms (substance of "leaf"):

parenchyma (the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature; constitutes the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruits, and the pith of stems)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leaf"):

entire leaf (a leaf having a smooth margin without notches or indentations)

crenate leaf (a leaf having a scalloped margin)

serrate leaf (a leaf having a margin notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex)

dentate leaf (a leaf having a toothed margin)

emarginate leaf (a leaf having a notch at the apex)

erose leaf (a leaf having a jagged margin as though gnawed)

runcinate leaf (a leaf having incised margins with the lobes or teeth curved toward the base; as a dandelion leaf)

lobed leaf (a leaf having deeply indented margins)

parallel-veined leaf (a leaf whose veins run in parallel from the stem)

parted leaf (a leaf having margins incised almost to the base so as to create distinct divisions or lobes)

prickly-edged leaf (a leaf having prickly margins)

compound leaf (a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk)

simple leaf (a leaf that is not divided into parts)

fig leaf (a leaf from a fig tree)

cataphyll (a reduced or scarcely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (i.e., cotyledons) or in the early stages of leaf development)

floral leaf (a modified leaf that is part of a flower)

dandelion green (the foliage of the dandelion plant)

sporophyl; sporophyll (leaf in ferns and mosses that bears the sporangia)

blade; leaf blade (especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole)

amplexicaul leaf (a leaf with its base clasping the stem)

greenery; verdure (green foliage)

leaflet (part of a compound leaf)

frond (compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad)

pad (the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant (as the water lily))

scale; scale leaf (a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin)

rosette (a cluster of leaves growing in crowded circles from a common center or crown (usually at or close to the ground))


Sense 2leaf [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

folio; leaf

Hypernyms ("leaf" is a kind of...):

piece of paper; sheet; sheet of paper (used for writing or printing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leaf"):

flyleaf (a blank leaf in the front of back of a book)

interleaf (a blank leaf inserted between the leaves of a book)

page (one side of one leaf (of a book or magazine or newspaper or letter etc.) or the written or pictorial matter it contains)

Holonyms ("leaf" is a part of...):

written communication; written language (communication by means of written symbols)


Sense 3leaf [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("leaf" is a kind of...):

section; segment (one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "leaf"):

drop-leaf (a hinged leaf on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket)

Holonyms ("leaf" is a part of...):

dinner table (the dining table where dinner is served and eaten)


LEAF (verb)


Sense 1leaf [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Look through a book or other written material

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

leaf; riff; flick; riffle; thumb; flip

Context examples:

He thumbed through the report / She leafed through the volume

Hypernyms (to "leaf" is one way to...):

peruse (examine or consider with attention and in detail)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2leaf [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn over pages

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

leaf through a book / leaf a manuscript

Hypernyms (to "leaf" is one way to...):

turn; turn over (cause to move around a center so as to show another side of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3leaf [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Produce leaves, of plants

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Hypernyms (to "leaf" is one way to...):

acquire; develop; get; grow; produce (come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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