from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, medicated candy intended to be dissolved slowly in the mouth to lubricate and soothe irritated tissues of the throat.
- n. A four-sided planar figure with a diamondlike shape; a rhombus that is not a square.
- n. Something having this shape, especially a heraldic device.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A quadrilateral with sides of equal length (rhombus), having two acute and two obtuse angles.
- n. A small tablet (originally diamond-shaped) or medicated sweet used to ease a sore throat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A diamond-shaped figure usually with the upper and lower angles slightly acute, borne upon a shield or escutcheon. Cf. fusil.
- n. A form of the escutcheon used by women instead of the shield which is used by men.
- n. A figure with four equal sides, having two acute and two obtuse angles; a rhomb.
- n. Anything in the form of lozenge.
- n. A small cake of sugar and starch, flavored, and often medicated. -- originally in the form of a lozenge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plane figure with four equal sides, having two acute and two obtuse angles, also called a diamond; a rhomb; also, formerly, any oblique parallelogram.
- n. Somothing resembling such a figure in form. :
- n. A small cake of sugar, or confection, often medicated, originally in the form of a rhomb, but now variously shaped.
- n. A pane of glass for window-glazing, either lozenge-shaped or square, but intended to be set diagonally; a quarrel.
- n. An envelop-blank cut out by a punching-machine.
- n. In the cutting of brilliants, one of the four quoins of the upper surface or crown. See quoin.
- n. A spangle.
- In decorative art, divided by diagonal lines into diamonds or lozenges: a common distribution of decorative design in the fourteenth century: as, a lozenge pattern.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small aromatic or medicated candy
- n. a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
Middle English, rhombus, from Old French losenge, perhaps of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French losenge ("rhombus") (French losange), from Old Provençal lausa ("flat stone"), from Gaulish; cognate with Spanish losa ("square tile"). (Wiktionary)