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leather

Definitions

  • "Leather vises and toe-screws."
    "Leather vises and toe-screws."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v leather whip with a leather strap
    • n leather an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The "Leather Bottle" Cobham The "Leather Bottle" Cobham
The Old Parlour of the "Leather Bottle." The Old Parlour of the "Leather Bottle."
A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well
Whipping down the leather Whipping down the leather
UPPER PORTION OF CHAIR BACK OF CUT LEATHER UPPER PORTION OF CHAIR BACK OF CUT LEATHER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In L.A., U.S.A., a man may legally beat his wife with a leather strap, as long as it is less than 2 inches wide
    • Leather The skin of an animal, or some part of such skin, with the hair removed, and tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed for use; also, dressed hides, collectively.
    • Leather The skin.
    • v. t Leather To beat, as with a thong of leather.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year'ssupply of footballs.
    • n leather The tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed skin of an animal; dressed hides or skins collectively. The peculiar character of leather is due to the chemical combination of tannin in the process of tanning, or of tannin and vegetable extractive matter (or else of some mineral or earthy base), with gelatin as contained in animal skin; its physical characteristics, such as flexibility, tensile strength, color, and durability, are more or less modified by the processes subsequent to the chemical, and included in the various operations of currying and dressing. In commercial and popular usance leather does not include skins dressed with the hair or fur on; such skins are usually distinguished by compounding the word skin with the name of the animal from which they are taken: as, sealskin, bearskin, otterskin, etc. In the untanned state skins valued for their fur, hair, or wool, and destined to be tawed and dressed for furriers' and analogous uses, are called pelts or peltry. In England the term pelts is applied to all untanned skins. The term skin has also certain applications relating to leather which seem to follow no rule, but are sanctioned by general usage; thus, leathers made from the skins of kids, dogs, sheep, pigs, and calves, and in general from the skins of all small domestic and of many wild animals, are distinguished by the names of the animals: as, dogskin, sheepskin, pigskin, calfskin, buckskin, or deerskin. Buff-leather is an exception to this usage. (See buff, 2.) In general, leather made from skins of adult bovine domestic animals is called cowhide, and that made from skins of horses is called horsehide. The tanned skins of large animals, either wild or domestic, are distinguished by the word hide with the name of the animal from which the skin was taken prefixed, except when the skin has the fur or hair left upon it: as, rhinoceros-hide, hippopatamus-hide, buffalo-hide (tanned with hair removed); leopard-skin, buffalo-skin (tanned or tawed with hair or fur on). Leather made from the skins of alligators and aquatic animals is, however, generally called skin with the name of the animal prefixed: as, alligator-skin, shark-skin, etc. (See also shagreen.) The outer side of the skin both before and after tanning is called the grain side, or simply the grain; the opposite side is called the flesh side.
    • n leather Human skin.
    • n leather A round piece, of tanned hide on the end of a fish-hook, designed to keep the bait from sliding up on the line.
    • n leather The loose hanging part of a dog's ear.
    • n leather Leather finished for use without artificial coloring, as that of which shoes are made for use in hot weather.
    • n leather Hence— Leather slightly colored, tinged red or yellowish-brown, for use in the same way.
    • leather Consisting of leather; leathern: as, a leather glove.
    • leather To furnish with leather; apply leather to; form into leather; tan.
    • leather To beat or thrash with or as with a thong of leather.
    • leather To beat; strike.
    • n leather In cricket, the ball.
    • n leather plural Wearing-apparel made of leather, as breeches, leggings, etc.
    • n leather One who wears ‘leathers.’
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear
    • n Leather leth′ėr the prepared skin of an animal, tanned, tawed, or otherwise dressed
    • adj Leather consisting of leather
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Quotations

  • Donald Grey Barnhouse
    Donald Grey Barnhouse
    “Men may not read the gospel in sealskin, or the gospel in morocco, or the gospel in cloth covers, but they can't get away from the gospel in shoe leather.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last!”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”

Idioms

Hell for leather - If you do something hell for leather, especially running, you do it as fast as you can.
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Slap leather - (USA) This is used as an instruction to tell people when to draw their guns.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lether, AS. leðer,; akin to D. leder, leêr, G. leder, OHG. ledar, Icel. leðr, Sw. läder, Dan. læder,

Usage

In literature:

The leather is put on in even hemispheres instead of in shaped pieces, as for a baseball.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Quebracho can be shipped by water and is therefore more economical, and for the varieties of leather we tan here it answers the purpose as well.
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett
Black leather, tan, or russet shoes are worn with morning dress.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Leather made from seal-skin; the term is derived from the superior leather prepared at Cordova in Spain.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Soft green leather was clasped low on her hips with a narrow gold band, set with jewels.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
Some wear sabots with leather tops.
"In the Flash Ranging Service" by Edward Alva Trueblood
I can see no objection to the seat of the saddle being of rough brown leather.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
Each man also wears a broad leather waist-belt, with a brass buckle in front.
"Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction" by James Braidwood
But this quick mode of preparation does not appear to make equally good leather.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
They were crowded about him in a half circle, nearly a score of hard leather-faced plainsmen.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Leather has also been used as a manure.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Why forsake the old leather face?
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
Such a temperature dries up the oil of the leather, and burns out its life.
"The Private Library" by Arthur L. Humphreys
It was made of thick sole-leather, was folded up, and carried on one of the horses.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Some of it they put in the fire to roast and some of it they put in the leather kettle in the ground.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
He wore a heavy leather vest over his scarlet tunic, and calf-high black leather boots.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
There was plenty of leather in the world, plenty of labour.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
The cloth was of Robin-Hood green, foxed over in bright yellow leather.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Embarked in the leather trade, he had early wearied of business, for which he was supposed to have small parts.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Jason handed a tarred leather cup to Mikah and squatted next to him.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
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In poetry:

for leather accrues
The miracle of the streets
The scents & smogs &
pollens of existence
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Among the leather saddles,
In the heads of soldiers
Heavy in the wrack's and kills
Of all straight fighting:
Dreams go on.
"Among The Red Guns" by Carl Sandburg
For, mark me, he can "sit a buck"
For hours and hours together;
And never horse has had the luck
To pitch him from the leather.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
"Wife, fetch my seven-league boots at once!" he shouted;
"I'll catch the vipers yet!"
He stamped his feet into the magic leather
With many a muttered threat;
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Tick the clock with a wooden sound,
And fill the hearing with childish glee
Of rhyming riddle, or story found
In the Robinson Crusoe, leather-bound
Old book of the Used-to-be!
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley
He wears a big hat and big spurs and all that,
And leggins of fancy fringed leather;
He takes pride in his boots and the pistol he shoots
And he's happy in all kinds of weather.
"Texas Types -- The Cowboy" by William Lawrence Chittenden

In news:

A leather sheath is included.
Ever wish you could steam the wrinkles out of a suede or leather garment.
Courtesy photo This conceptual design that pairs a cement chaise and glass fire pit with red leather chairs from the Haworth Collection.
Elizabeth St 212-343-1967 Stock: Vintage flannels, hand-carved leather belts ($95), piles of Levi's.
Braid-detailed leather bag, Club Monaco, $249.
TL-2 Traditional Leather Firefighting Helmet, which weighs about 55 ounces and.
Free People 's range includes dresses, tunics, sweaters, shorts, skirts, shoes and denim, as well its own in-house labels, vintage collections and a vegan leather shop.
Last week, I was pleased to join Governor Robert Bentley and Austal USA interim president Brian Leathers in marking another milestone for the local Navy ship builder.
For your fur storage, cleaning or purchase call Superior Furs and Leather at 810 670- FURS or visit us at superiorfursandleather.com.
Get out your feathers, your patent leathers Your beads and buckles and bows For there's no blue Monday in your Sunday No Monday in your Sunday clothes.
Remember the tag " genuine leather".
And some of it isn't too bad, though it seems to wear out faster than real leather.
Metallic leather Usoa sandals, Nina, $100.
Even at dusk, the temperature was still in the 90s – but the leather jacket he was wearing looked so cool.
Fall's favorite purses come in exotic leathers, luxe furs, and shiny silvers.
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In science:

Example: A = (Does it have leather seats? Yes).
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
Assume that comfort is positively correlated with having leather seats and that the user has indicated that the customer prefers comfortable cars.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
The text after revision is: (AB ) = Does it have leather seats? Yes.
Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue
Bridge interests: anxiety, bracelets, corsets, edgar allen poe, emotions, (black) eyeliner, girl interrupted, girls, glitter, horror movies, insomnia, leather, lesbians, magick (sic), marylin monroe, (heavy) metal, night, poems, red, safety pins, screaming, spikes, techo, tori amos, etc.
Semantic Networks of Interests in Online NSSI Communities
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