Adjective "leaf" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A flattened structure of a higher plant, typically green and blade-like, that is attached to a stem directly or via a stalk. Leaves are the main organs of photosynthesis and transpiration.
  1. 'bay leaves'
  2. 'About two hours later, the yard had almost become a pond, with the green leaves of the plants shining in the rain.'
  3. 'Both have stems, leaves, and reproductive structures, but they look very different.'
  4. 'Plants were dissected into leaves, stems with petioles, and inflorescences.'
  5. 'First check the field for the presence or absence of spider mites on individual green leaves on a corn plant.'
  6. 'Shoots of M. micrantha were separated into stems, leaves, and reproductive organs.'
  7. 'Individual plant shoots from each category were separated into stem, leaves, and crown.'
  8. 'Only the tender green leaves growing off the stems are really palatable, so this type of cress requires a bit of prep work.'
  9. 'Then the other way is called transpiration, or water lost primarily from the leaves and stems of the plants.'
  10. 'But coca is a very resilient plant, and fresh green leaves are already sprouting from stalks fumigated a few months ago.'
  11. 'Plants were analysed by measuring the excised leaves of the main shoot.'
  12. 'To provide a backdrop to this foliage-ruled leafscape, use climbers to link together canopies of leaf.'
  13. 'Providing you prepare the soil well, and top dress every year with more compost, you can plant climbers quite densely, two or three feet apart, for a wealth of leaf, colour and scent.'
  14. 'Many said they believe that it's unnecessary to drastically prune trees in the summer just as they come into leaf.'
  15. 'Lift bedded out begonias while still in leaf; put them in boxes in a dry shed or greenhouse to dry out and die back gradually.'
  16. 'Normally elder would come into leaf in late February or March, and into blossom in late April or May.'
  17. 'Lift, divide and spread out winter aconites while still in leaf.'
  18. 'And our interest does not stop when the saplings go into leaf.'
  19. 'It is one of the first trees in the arboretum to come into leaf and flowers prolifically with large creamy/pink blossoms in spring.'
  20. 'It could be that the oak tree will be a clue when it's in leaf.'
  21. 'It's a wonderful tree, the only drawback being that it comes into leaf long after most other garden plants, in late spring to early summer.'
  22. 'He wanted to see the trees in his garden coming into leaf.'
  23. 'They enjoy a well-drained soil and will stay in leaf until about May, when they die down and lie dormant until the following autumn.'
  24. as modifier 'leaf tea'
  25. 'Richard and Liz say customers comment on the excellent waitress service, quality menu items, and traditional touches such as leaf tea served with a teapot and strainer.'
  26. 'The houseboy brings in raspberry leaf tea, and we talk about everything from sex to finances to communication.'
  27. 'Eighty rupees a kilo for long leaf tea was an unquestionable bargain.'
  28. 'In other words, tobacco used to be a herbal medicine but public experimentation led to the smoking of the tobacco leaf.'
  29. 'Our tea sales have continued to grow, even our loose leaf tea.'
  30. 'Tobacco, or some stronger leaf, smoulders in the ashtray.'
  31. 'So I got some tobacco leaf, mixed it with water and gave it to the baby.'
  32. 'This type of smokeless tobacco comes in loose leaf, plugs or twists.'
  33. 'Was there actual evidence from your client that the tobacco leaf was cut in order to enable it to fit into bags for easy transportation?'
  34. 'Indeed, so smitten is she by alternative therapies that there were reports during the summer of a mercy dash across the country so that she did not have to go without her strawberry leaf tea.'
A thing that resembles a leaf in being flat and thin.
  1. 'There stood my ‘sister’, and a small box containing a single leaf of paper.'
  2. 'A single leaf surviving in manuscript used to be thought to be a forgery, but is now considered a genuine contemporary copy of part of one scene.'
  3. 'Thus, at an etymological level, leaves and paper, and leaves and books are deeply connected.'
  4. 'It prints off a leaf of paper and spits it at the man in the lab coat.'
  5. 'I took out the loose leaf of paper that had my Kitten drawing on it.'
  6. 'Anne replied on another leaf: ‘By daily proof you shall me find / To be to you both loving and kind.’'
  7. 'So that he's working on the second gathering, the second four pages, the second leaf, while they are already preparing the parts for the incomplete cantata.'
  8. 'She pulled it out of her book case and turned the leaves to the page around October of that year.'
  9. 'Sometimes metallic coatings are applied, e.g. in the form of leaf silver.'
  10. 'To transfer the leaf to the adhesive, use the sheets of tissue that come with the metal leaf, or use waxed paper pieces.'
  11. 'Gold leaf was then used to enrich the surfaces of paintings, sculptures, buildings, pottery and manuscripts.'
  12. 'Gold leaf has been applied to the clock's numerals.'
  13. 'The stacks were then hammered until the gold had spread sufficiently to make a thin foil or leaf.'
  14. 'Gold leaf was applied to the background and his tunic, and perhaps the wreath in his hair, after the panel was placed on the mummy.'
  15. 'The delicate delineations of each square of metal leaf create subtle patterns.'
  16. 'On top of this sheet, smooth down a sheet of metal leaf.'
  17. 'Tiny bits of metal leaf come together like a textured, variegated sheet on craft projects.'
  18. 'Gold leaf frames are also a standard for the company.'
  19. 'Take the old hinge screw or the hinge leaf with you to the store to make sure the new screw is the right size for your hinge.'
  20. 'You could have a table that folds down from the wall or even a table with leaves, and throw a dinner party for four in the space the bed would be taking up.'
  21. 'Clear the writing items off the desk, take out the leaf in the table, hide the telephone and get rid of the porcelain figurines!'
  22. 'Remove the outer brick leaf to damp proof course level and rebuild the walling, ensuring the wall ties are inserted in the correct positions.'


(of a plant, especially a deciduous one in spring) put out new leaves.
  1. 'Ash trees were leafing up, the hedges were thick.'
  2. 'The eggs were not laid until the last week of April, as the weather warmed up, serviceberry bloomed, and maples, poplars, birches, and beeches were leafing out.'
  3. 'Once it leafs out it is a wonderful privacy screen.'
  4. 'The dates of observation were 17-19 May 1998, during which the weather was dry with average spring temperatures and the tree canopy had not leafed out.'
  5. 'You can transplant existing shrubs and perennial plants before they begin to leaf out.'
  6. 'The ancient olive trees, budding once more and leafing, feel a bit foolish; how much more absurd is the staff of legends that, stuck in the ground, blossoms.'
Turn over (the pages of a book or the papers in a pile), reading them quickly or casually.
  1. 'I've only leafed through a copy, and read the first chapter.'
  2. 'I sat on the cot and leafed through a magazine, shivering silently.'
  3. 'He was leafing through folders of paper, taking notes on a large yellow pad.'
  4. 'You can turn the pages as though leafing through the book.'
  5. 'Picking one at random, he leafed idly through it as he let his mind work.'
  6. 'But anyway, she pulled out my folder and began leafing through the papers inside.'
  7. 'Stretched out next to the sofa was Julie, leafing lazily through a magazine.'
  8. 'How about having a cup of freshly brewed coffee while leafing through pages of an interesting book?'
  9. 'Next to that is another device - a page turner that automatically leafs through any book placed on a raised platform, operated at the touch of a button.'
  10. 'I leafed through the stack in my hand.'

More definitions

1. one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant.

2. any similar or corresponding lateral outgrowth of a stem.

3. a petal: a rose leaf.

4. leaves collectively; foliage.

5. Bibliography. a unit generally comprising two printed, blank, or illustrated pages of a book, one on each side.

6. a thin sheet of metal: silver leaf.

7. a lamina or layer.

8. a sliding, hinged, or detachable flat part, as of a door or tabletop.

More examples(as adjective)

"doors can be leaf."

"motifs can be leaf."

"bags can be leaf."


Old English lēaf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch loof and German Laub.


shake (or tremble) like a leaf