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lew·is

 (lo͞o′ĭs)
n.
A dovetailed iron tenon made of several parts and designed to fit into a dovetail mortise in a large stone so that it can be lifted by a hoisting apparatus. Also called lewisson.

[Perhaps from the name Lewis.]

lewis

(ˈluːɪs) or

lewisson

n
(Mechanical Engineering) a lifting device for heavy stone or concrete blocks consisting of a number of curved pieces of metal or wedges fitting into a dovetailed recess cut into the block
[C18: perhaps from the name of the inventor]

Lewis

(ˈluːɪs)
n
(Placename) the N part of the island of Lewis with Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. Pop: about 17 000 (2001). Area: 1634 sq km (631 sq miles)

Lewis

(ˈluːɪs)
n
1. (Biography) Carl. full name Frederick Carleton Lewis. born 1961, US athlete; winner of the long jump, 100 metres, 200 metres, and 4 × 100 metres relay at the 1984 Olympic Games; winner of the 100 metres in the 1988 Olympic Games; winner of the long jump in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games
2. (Biography) See Day-Lewis
3. (Biography) C(live) S(taples). 1898–1963, English novelist, critic, and Christian apologist, noted for his critical work, Allegory of Love (1936), his theological study, The Screwtape Letters (1942), and for his children's books chronicling the land of Narnia
4. (Biography) Lennox. born 1965, Canadian and British boxer; won Olympic gold (1988) for Canada in the superheavyweight division; won various professional heavyweight titles between 1994 and 2004
5. (Biography) Matthew Gregory, known as Monk Lewis. 1775–1818, English novelist and dramatist, noted for his Gothic horror story The Monk (1796)
6. (Biography) Meriwether. 1774–1807, American explorer who, with William Clark, led an overland expedition from St Louis to the Pacific Ocean (1804–06)
7. (Biography) (John) Saunders (ˈsɔːndəz). 1893–1985, Welsh poet, dramatist, critic, and politician: founder (1926) and president (1926–39) of the Welsh Nationalist Party
8. (Biography) (Harry) Sinclair. 1885–1951, US novelist. He satirized the complacency and philistinism of American small-town life, esp in Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922): Nobel prize for literature 1930
9. (Biography) Wally. born 1959, Australian rugby league player; played 33 matches for Australia (1981–91), scoring 11 tries
10. (Biography) (Percy) Wyndham. 1884–1957, British painter, novelist, and critic, born in the US: a founder of vorticism. His writings include Time and Western Man (1927), The Apes of God (1930), and the trilogy The Human Age (1928–55)

lew•is

(ˈlu ɪs)

n.
a device for lifting a dressed stone, consisting of a number of pieces fitting together to fill a dovetailed recess cut into the stone.
[1730–40; perhaps after the surname of the inventor]

Lew•is

(ˈlu ɪs)

n.
1. C(ecil) Day, Day-Lewis, Cecil.
2. C(live) S(taples) ( “Clive Hamilton” ), 1898–1963, English novelist and essayist.
3. Edward, born 1918, U.S. physician: Nobel prize 1995.
4. (Harry) Sinclair, 1885–1951, U.S. writer: Nobel prize 1930.
5. John L(lewellyn), 1880–1969, U.S. labor leader.
6. Meriwether, 1774–1809, U.S. explorer: leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition 1804–06.
7. (Percy) Wyndham, 1884–1957, English writer and painter, born in the U.S.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Lewis - United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
2.Lewis - United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961)
3.lewis - United States explorer and soldier who lead led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River (1774-1809)Lewis - United States explorer and soldier who lead led an expedition from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River (1774-1809)
4.lewis - United States labor leader who was president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960 and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1935 to 1940 (1880-1969)Lewis - United States labor leader who was president of the United Mine Workers of America from 1920 to 1960 and president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1935 to 1940 (1880-1969)
5.lewis - United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951)Lewis - United States novelist who satirized middle-class America in his novel Main Street (1885-1951)
6.Lewis - English critic and novelist; author of theological works and of books for children (1898-1963)
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The project is to be located off the northwest coast of Lewis, Scotland, and will produce 40 MW of energy when complete.
The Gateshead firm, which operates in the pharmaceutical and personal care industries, is designing and building manufacturing facilities for BASF Pharma on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
The award went to both the crew, deployed by CHC on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and the MCA base they work from at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.