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lees

 (lēz)
pl.n.
Sediment settling during fermentation, especially in wine; dregs.

[Middle English lies, pl. of lie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin lia, probably of Celtic origin; see legh- in Indo-European roots.]

lees

(liːz)
pl n
the sediment from an alcoholic drink
[C14: plural of obsolete lee, from Old French, probably from Celtic; compare Irish lige bed]

lees

(liz)

n.
pl. of lee 2 .

Lees

 dregs; anything thrown away—Johnson, 1755.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lees - the sediment from fermentation of an alcoholic beverage
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
sediment, deposit - matter that has been deposited by some natural process

lees

plural noun sediment, grounds, refuse, deposit, precipitate, dregs, settlings a glass-fronted barrel showing the wine resting on its lees.

lees

noun
Matter that settles on a bottom or collects on a surface by a natural process:
deposit, dreg (often used in plural), precipitate, precipitation, sediment.
Translations

lees

[liːz] NPLheces fpl, poso m

lees

plBodensatz m
References in classic literature ?
The wine of life, henceforth to be presented to her lips, must be indeed rich, delicious, and exhilarating, in its chased and golden beaker, or else leave an inevitable and weary languor, after the lees of bitterness wherewith she had been drugged, as with a cordial of intensest potency.
Methinks my body is but the lees of my better being.
Hareton is gone with some cattle to the Lees, and Zillah and Joseph are off on a journey of pleasure; and, though I'm used to being alone, I'd rather have some interesting company, if I can get it.
O, it is a rich abbey-stede, and they do live upon the fat, and drink the sweet wines upon the lees, these good fathers of Jorvaulx.
Imagine to yourself a Don Quixote of eighteen; a Don Quixote without his corselet, without his coat of mail, without his cuisses; a Don Quixote clothed in a wooden doublet, the blue color of which had faded into a nameless shade between lees of wine and a heavenly azure; face long and brown; high cheek bones, a sign of sagacity; the maxillary muscles enormously developed, an infallible sign by which a Gascon may always be detected, even without his cap--and our young man wore a cap set off with a sort of feather; the eye open and intelligent; the nose hooked, but finely chiseled.
This thing," I exclaimed, "is a contemptible falsehood- a poor hoax - the lees of the invention of some pitiable penny-a-liner - of some wretched concoctor of accidents in Cocaigne.
Terence and Rachel sat watching them through their half-closed eyelids-- the Johnsons, the Parkers, the Baileys, the Simmons', the Lees, the Morleys, the Campbells, the Gardiners.
The streets were full of people who had worked indoors all through the priceless day and had now come hungrily out to drink the muddy lees of it.
I drain the lees upon my knees, For oh, the draught is good; I drink to Life, I drink to Death, And smack my lips with song, For when I die, another 'I' shall pass the cup along.
Take your fill when the cask is first opened and when it is nearly spent, but midways be sparing: it is poor saving when you come to the lees.