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LEE. (r) (In O. Eng. hleo; cf. the pronunciation lew-ward of "leeward"; the word appears in several Teutonic languages; cf. Dutch lij, Dan. lae ), properly a shelter or protection, chiefly used as a nautical term for that side of a ship, land, &c., which is farthest from the wind, hence a "lee shore," land under the lee of a ship, i.e. one on which the wind blows directly and which is unsheltered. A ship is said to make "leeway" when she drifts laterally away from her course. (2) A word now always used in the plural "lees," meaning dregs, sediment, particularly of wine. It comes through the O. Fr. lie from a Gaulish Lat. Ha, and is probably of Celtic origin.


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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Lee'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/bri/l/lee.html. 1910.

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