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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lira formerly the basic unit of money in Italy; equal to 100 centesimi
    • n lira the basic unit of money in Turkey
    • n lira the basic unit of money on Malta; equal to 100 cents
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lira lē"rȧ An Italian coin equivalent in value to the French franc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lira A modern silver coin of the kingdom of Italy, divided into 100 centesimi, and worth a franc, or about 19 United States cents.
    • n lira A gold coin of Turkey, otherwise called a Turkish pound, equal to $4.40.
    • n lira A lyre; formerly, also, some related instrument. The name has been loosely applied to many instruments of the viol class, and to others having a resonance-box resembling that of the violin and violoncello; also to an instrument in which the tones are produced by properly tuned steel bars fastened in a lyre-shaped rim and struck with a hammer.
    • n lira One of the grooves or furrows on a shell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lira lē′ra an Italian coin, worth a franc, and divisible into 100 centesimi
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. L. libra, the Roman pound. Cf. Livre
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

What's that little thing of Chopin's she plays so magnificently: Tra-la-la-lira-lira-lay.
"A Study In Scarlet" by Arthur Conan Doyle
And with one-lira, two-lira, ten-lira notes, and with a little silver and copper, he made up the amount.
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
Graf von Lira, as I have already told you, is a foreigner of rank, who had been a Prussian colonel, and was wounded in the war of 1866.
"A Roman Singer" by F. Marion Crawford
Here is a lira for your pains.
"My Friend Prospero" by Henry Harland
However, it is a fine estate, an' I am rent it to my cousin for five hundred lira a year.
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
We soon overtook a man who had caught a rabbit and wanted to sell it for a lira and a half.
"Diversions in Sicily" by H. Festing Jones
Lira vpon Pentathucke of Moses.
"Notes and Queries, Number 203, September 17, 1853" by Various
Among those executed were Lira Gega, formerly a member of the Politburo, and her husband, Dalli Ndreu, a general in the Albanian People's Army.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
A boat said to be quite new had been purchased for 400 liras.
"A Kut Prisoner" by H. C. W. Bishop
In that lovely city a thousand-franc note need not be spent in a day; and in Italy the possibilities of the lira are great.
"The Pace That Kills" by Edgar Saltus
To help us out, officers were given an allowance from the Dutch Embassy of 18 lira a month.
"The Escaping Club" by A. J. Evans
They are of different sizes but most would cover a lira and of the thickness of two.
"Max Carrados" by Ernest Bramah
Of this, 250 liras was for the ticket, and 40 liras each for the food.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
That will be one lira twenty-five, Signore.
"Mortal Coils" by Aldous Huxley
Well, take your lira.
"The Captain of the Janizaries" by James M. Ludlow
But young Lira did not want to learn to dance.
"The Little Spanish Dancer" by Madeline Brandeis
This came to about half a lira a piece.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley
Have happily several one-lira notes in my pocket.
"Punch, or the London Charivari" by Various
I will take your twenty lira.
"The Arm-Chair at the Inn" by F. Hopkinson Smith
I bet you a soldo against a lira what hour it was.
"The Heart of Pinocchio" by Collodi Nipote

In poetry:

No digais que agotado su tesoro,
De asuntos falta, enmudecio la lira:
Podra no haber poetas; pero siempre
Habra poesia.
"Rimas IV" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
O, vino iar! Cuvinte dulci inspira-mi,
Privirea ta asupra mea se plece,
Sub raza ei mã lasa a petrece
Si cânturi noua smulge tu din lira-mi.
"Sonnet 3" by Mihai Eminescu

In news:

South African Superstar Lira Comes to Los Angeles.
South African songstress Lira is one international superstar that you probably haven't heard of -- but should have.
Turkish Lira Jumps after Fitch Upgrade.
Lira coached the Aztecs to the Central Section Division VI championship game last year and left Farmersville in the offseason to coach Lindsay.
Lira was the Aztecs' head coach for three years.
The rupee 's rise may be less dramatic than that of the Philippine peso, Brazilian real or Turkish lira.
After two nights of gender-specific performances, four American Idol contestants were voted out Wednesday night: Melinda Lira, 19, of Hanford, Calif.
Turkish Lira Falls to Month-Low on Greek Debt, German Confidence.
Turkish Lira Jumps after Fitch Upgrade.
Basci Forecasts Turkish Lira Rally, Says Losses Are 'Temporary.
Meet Afro -Soul Singer Lira.
Services Wednesday for Chicago boxer Johnny Lira.
Local boxing champ Johnny Lira dies.
LOUISVILLE — Brittany Michelle Trites and Trevor Roy DeJarnett were united in marriage May 19 at Cherokee Park in Louisville with Daniel Lira officiating.
His remarks preceded a decline in the lira against the dollar for the first week in three.

In science:

Among late-type galaxies studied, Kilgard et al. (2002) compare the luminosity functions of X-ray sources in a few spiral and starburst galaxies, Zezas et al. (2002) presents a detailed study of the sources in the Antennae galaxies, and Lira et al. (2002) looks at the sources in the luminous IR galaxy NGC 3256.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
I thank Paolo Coppi for early stimulating discussions and access to Yale’s HPC facilities. I thank Richard Larson, Diego Mardones and Paulina Lira for valuable comments.
On the Fueling of Massive Black Holes and the Properties of their Host Spheroids
In the case of a Riemannian product R × P2, with P2 any Riemannian surface, height estimates were exhibited by Hoffman, de Lira and Rosenberg in and by Aledo, Espinar and G´alvez in .
A sharp height estimate for compact hypersurfaces with constant $k$-mean curvature in warped product spaces
However the least luminous known AGN, NGC 4395, has been shown to vary rapidly, with colour changes just like those seen in Seyfert galaxies (Lira et al 1998).
The AGN/Normal Galaxy Connection : Summary
Lira et al (these proceedings) have searched for weak nuclear X-ray sources in a volume limited sample of nearby galaxies.
The AGN/Normal Galaxy Connection : Summary