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lid Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye
    palpebra; eyelid.
    • his lids would stay open no longer
  2. noun a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
    • he raised the piano lid
  3. noun headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
    hat; chapeau.

Lid noun
AS. hlid, fr. hlidan (in comp.) to cover, shut; akin to OS. hlidan (in comp.), D. lid, OHG. hlit, G. augenlid eyelid, Icel. hli gate, gateway. .
  1. That which covers the opening of a vessel or box, etc. ; a movable cover; as, the lid of a chest or trunk.
  2. The cover of the eye; an eyelid. Shak.
    Tears, big tears, gushed from the rough soldier's lid. Byron.
  3. (Bot.) (a) The cover of the spore cases of mosses. (b) A calyx which separates from the flower, and falls off in a single piece, as in the Australian Eucalypti. (c) The top of an ovary which opens transversely, as in the fruit of the purslane and the tree which yields Brazil nuts.

Webster 1913