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n. pl. leaves (lēvz)
1. A usually green, flattened, lateral structure attached to a stem and functioning as a principal organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in most plants.
2. A leaflike organ or structure.
a. Leaves considered as a group; foliage.
b. The state or time of having or showing leaves: trees in full leaf.
4. The leaves of a plant used or processed for a specific purpose: large supplies of tobacco leaf.
5. Any of the sheets of paper bound in a book, each side of which constitutes a page.
a. A very thin sheet of material, especially metal.
b. Such leaves considered as a group: covered in gold leaf.
a. A hinged or removable section for a table top.
b. A hinged or otherwise movable section of a folding door, shutter, or gate.
c. A section of drawbridge that moves upward or to the side.
8. One of several metal strips forming a leaf spring.
v. leafed, leaf·ing, leafs
v. intr.
1. To produce leaves; put forth foliage: trees just beginning to leaf.
2. To turn pages, as in searching or browsing: leafed through the catalog.
v. tr.
To turn through the pages of.
Phrasal Verb:
leaf out
To put forth leaves, especially after a period of dormancy: the period in the spring when trees begin to leaf out.
take a leaf from (someone)
To use (someone) as an example.
take a leaf from (or out of) (someone's) book
To use (someone) as an example.

[Middle English, from Old English lēaf.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leafing - (botany) the process of forming leavesleafing - (botany) the process of forming leaves
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development - (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
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After leafing, blooming and perhaps fruiting, the same trees that provided summer shade and autumnal splendor now offer fertilizer, mulch and healthy exercise.