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Definitions

  • Reading the Draft Covenant for the League of Nations--Paris
    Reading the Draft Covenant for the League of Nations--Paris
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v league unite to form a league
    • n league an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
    • n league an association of states or organizations or individuals for common action
    • n league an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE LEAGUE OF YOUTH THE LEAGUE OF YOUTH
A man walks in seven-league boots A man walks in seven-league boots

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
    • League A measure of length or distance, varying in different countries from about 2.4 to 4.6 English statute miles of 5,280 feet each, and used (as a land measure) chiefly on the continent of Europe, and in the Spanish parts of America. The marine league of England and the United States is equal to three marine, or geographical, miles of 6080 feet each.
    • League A stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of a league.
    • League An alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties, organizations, or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which requires a continued course of action, as for mutual defense, or for furtherance of commercial, religious, or political interests, etc. "And let there be
      'Twixt us and them no league, nor amity."
    • League (Sports) An association of sports teams that establishes rules of play, decides questions of membership in the league, and organizes matches between the member teams. In some cases a sports league is called a conference, as in the National Football Conference.
    • v. t League To join in a league; to cause to combine for a joint purpose; to combine; to unite; as, common interests will league heterogeneous elements.
    • v. i League To unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support; to confederate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Houston's Bob Watson scored Major League Baseball's 1,000,000th run on May 4, 1975.
    • n league A compact or covenant between persons for the maintenance of joint interests or mutual service; hence, union; close affinity; friendship.
    • n league Specifically A political or military confederation; a covenanted alliance or coalition, as of persons or parties in a state, or more commonly of the ruling powers of different states, for the promotion of common objects or interests; a compact for mutual aid and support in public policy or war: as, the Hanseatic League; the Holy League in France; the league of Schmalkald.
    • n league A combination of different associations or bodies of persons for the promotion of common purposes: as, a base-ball league.
    • n league Synonyms Confederacy, Coalition, etc. (see alliance), society, federation, association, fraternity.
    • league To form a league; join in friendship or interest; combine for mutual support; confederate.
    • league To combine; band; confederate.
    • n league An itinerary unit not now in English use, except as a marine league. (See below.) The league as a unit of length originated in ancient Gaul, where it was equal to 1½, Roman miles, or 1.4 statute miles, improperly termed the Gallic mile. Afterward it was 2,000 paces, and in the middle ages it was in England 2 miles, or nearly 3 statute miles. It is a conventional, not a legal measure. A land-league is sometimes said to be 3 statute miles. The common league of France was 2.764 statute miles; the French posting-league was 2.422 statute miles; the Spanish league was 4.214 statute miles; the Spanish judicial league was 2.634 statute miles; the Flanders league was 3.9 statute miles; the Brabant league was the marine league. The league is still in use in parts of the United States acquired from Mexico, where it is held to be about 2.63 English miles, and a square league 4,428.4 acres. The league is much used in South America. In the greater part of the Argentine Republic, as in Uruguay before 1864, it is equal to 6,000 varas, which, however, are of different lengths in different provinces; and the so-called Argentine league of 5,000 varas exists only in Santiago Del Estero. The postal league, however, varies from 4,000 to 5,000 varas; and in Tucuman the league is sometimes 4,980, sometimes 3,320 varas. The old league of Cuba was 4,906 varas. In Buenos Ayres the league is 5,200 meters, in Rioja 5,035.20 meters, in Colombia 5,000 meters, in Chili 4,513.892 meters, and in Paraguay 4,193 meters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only six baseball teams remain from the original National League, which was founded in 1876.
    • n League lēg a nautical measure, 1⁄20th of a degree, 3 geographical miles, 3.456 statute miles: an old measure of length, varying from the Roman league, 1.376 mod. Eng. miles, to the French, 2.764 miles, and the Spanish, 4.214 miles.
    • n League lēg a bond or alliance: union for mutual advantage
    • v.i League to form a league: to unite for mutual interest:—pr.p. leag′uing; pa.t. and pa.p. leagued
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If your batting average is high enough, the Big League will find you.”
  • Joe Dimaggio
    Joe Dimaggio
    “A ball player has got to be kept hungry be become a big leaguer. That is why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.”
  • Jane Goodsell
    Jane Goodsell
    “You're probably not a member of a major league baseball team, your errors, unless they are truly spectacular, don't show up in the morning paper.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.”
  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “What is the highest secret to victory and peace? To will what God wills, and strike a league with destiny.”
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
    Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
    “I have loved but one flag and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for a league.”

Idioms

In league with - If you're in league with someone, you have an agreement with them to do something, often something illegal or against the rules.
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Major league - Something major league is very important.
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Out of my league - If someone or something is out of your league, you aren't good enough or rich enough, etc, for it or them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. legue, lieue, a measure of length, F. lieue, Pr. lega, legua, It. & LL. lega, Sp. legua, Pg. legoa, legua,; all fr. LL. leuca, of Celtic origin: cf. Arm. leo, lev,perh. from French), Ir. leige,perh. from English); also Ir. & Gael. leac, a flag, a broad, flat stone, W. llech, -- such stones having perh. served as a sort of milestone (cf. Cromlech)

Usage

In literature:

Firstly, this new League would be founded upon a solemn treaty, whereas the League of Nations hitherto was only based upon custom.
"The League of Nations and its Problems" by Lassa Oppenheim
The League is here to run this country.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
We do not think the ultimate resort to force can be safely omitted from an effective League of Peace.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
Not more than a league away is an "old Zuni" which shows nothing but ruins.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
This island is twenty leagues long, and twelve broad.
"The Pirates of Panama" by A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin
The distance from Callao to Lima is two Spanish leagues.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Each town league sends a delegate to the meeting of the state league.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
THE WOMAN'S NATIONAL LOYAL LEAGUE.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
She maintained a war with this league, in which it was at each moment a question of existence for her.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
Had it been night, this flame would have been visible for ten leagues around.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
This Isle is about 4 Leagues long, and one League and a half wide, stretching North and South.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
The Foundation of the Gold League.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
On the way to Quebec every day and every league had brought fewer blossoms.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
De Soto pressed rapidly onwards, league after league, over sublime eminences and through luxuriant vales.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
The league persuaded the police commissioner to appoint a special officer, selected by the league especially for the newcomers.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
Needless to say, I refer to the Ethical Reform League.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
The fugitives, spreading over leagues of country, fled by his own strong castle of Neufchateau.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Behind him come the colonels of the League.
"The Banished" by Wilhelm Hauff
Club after club and league after league suspended.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
Solyman had come into the league at the invitation of the Christian princes.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
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In poetry:

Yet I recall not long ago
A bright and sunny day,
'Twas when I led a toilsome life
So many leagues away;
"The Bluebell" by Anne Bronte
"Daroosh is dead, and I am King
Of Everywhere and Everything:
Yet leagues and leagues away for sure
The lion-hearted dream of war.
"The Ballad of Iskander" by James Elroy Flecker
Loud ring the bells,—for, flashing through
Six hundred leagues of water,
Old Mother England's benison
Salutes her eldest daughter!
"How Cyrus Laid the Cable" by John Godfrey Saxe
And off he started, over hill and valley,
Seven leagues at every stride;
The children saw him like a giant shadow,
But they could only hide.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
For many a night and for many a day,
And over the leagues that rolled between,
The true-heart messenger sped away
To woo the Southland queen.
"Alaskan Balladry, No.1" by Eugene Field
Reserves and urgencies of light
That flame upon the battle's path,
And allied suns that brave the wrath
Of systems leagued athwart the night;
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling

In news:

The fans love their Royals and the history that's there with the Negro Leagues and minor league teams is just amazing.
With Atlanta a shoo-in for the National League wild card and pitching well enough to allow Chipper to retire with a second World Series ring, Chipper 's 19th big league season could easily be his most satisfying.
) is leaving the league after this academic year to join the Patriot League.
With the first pick of Wednesday's Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft, the Rochester Rattlers selected former Baltimore Bayhawk Mark Millon, who will come out of retirement to return to the league after a five-season absence.
Sporting Kansas City is the talk of Major League Soccer, its unblemished record of seven wins in seven games is one of the best starts to a season in the league's history.
WOODLAND _ It was to be the showdown for the Sacramento Metro Athletic League crown Friday night but it turned out to be a showcase for Foresthill High football to demonstrate why they would again be the reigning league champions.
Cornerback Brandon Browner of the playoff-contending Seattle Seahawks will miss the rest of the National Football League's regular season after receiving a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
The president of the League of California Cities has announced the appointment of Fairfield Councilwoman Catherine Moy to the league's Transportation, Communications and Public Works Policy Committee.
Some people have argued the Texas Aggies may have been out of their league in college football's most prominent league: the Southeastern Conference.
The opening of league play was not kind to Western, as the Pioneers lost their Empire League 2012 initial contest 23-10 to Cypress at Handel Field.
Ten Sea Kings receive first-team all-league honors in Pacific Coast League.
The minor league regular season may be over, but the commissioner's office has been busy this week handing out suspensions to minor league players that will take effect in 2013.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league.
The best players from the American and National Leagues gathered for what was the last legitimate meeting of stars from opposing leagues.
Drafted by the Carolina Panthers after an Ivy League education, Mitch Marrow had planned on a career playing in the National Football League.
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In science:

To Harry Dym: teacher, col league and friend, in appreciation and with best wishes for his 60-th birthday.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
To the memory of our friend and col league Andrey Tyurin.
Special elliptic fibrations
Davila AF, Winklhofer M, McKay C (2007) Multicellular magnetotactic prokaryote as a target for life search on Mars. 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, (Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVIII), held March 1216, 2007 in League City, Texas.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Zhang, and the CBM col leagues for their great support in the beam test.
Beam test of signal cross-talk and transmission for LMPRC
It is quite remarkable that the simple perceptron learning rule, which came out at the bottom of the league among the three learning rules considered so far in the case of having constant learning rates, all of a sudden comes out with ‘douze points’ as soon as we allow for optimised time-dependent learning rates.
Statistical Mechanical Analysis of the Dynamics of Learning in Perceptrons
Because this national facility could also serve the needs of dark matter and nucleon decay experiments, it is important to involve col leagues from particle and astrophysics.
Nuclear Physics Neutrino PreTown Meeting: Summary and Recommendations
T as reported by PHENIX. I would like to sincerely thank al l speakers on high pT and numerous other col leagues from the RHIC and SPS experiments for the help and support in preparing my talk and these proceedings.
Summary of Results on Hard Probes
Pashnev, my col leagues and friends, whom I had a privilege to know, and who I now miss.
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
We took advantage of the country premier league compiled by King (2004).
The skewness of computer science
The analysis of a the champion’s league data set is provided in Section 5.
Comparing Two Contaminated Samples
In Meintanis (2007) the conclusion was that the Champion’s-League data may well have arisen from a Marshall-Olkin distribution.
Comparing Two Contaminated Samples
Richard Gott received Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, as well as the highest award of the Astronomical League, the national association of amateur astronomers.
Princeton University Observatory Annual Report, 1997-98
Acknowledgements. I would like to thank professor Mabrouk Ben Ammar and my col league Adel Khalfal lah for theirs supports.
Results dealing with the behavior of the integrated density of states of random divergence operators
Utrecht) form a “super-league” of locations with high output in Western Europe.
Mapping excellence in the geography of science: An approach based on Scopus data
It is illustrative to consider model selection in a league framework (model vs. model for explaining a certain observation).
Extracting information from the data flood of new solar telescopes. Brainstorming
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