AskDefine | Define lee

Dictionary Definition

lee adj : towards the side away from the wind [syn: downwind, lee(a)]


1 United States filmmaker whose works explore the richness of Black culture in America (born in 1957) [syn: Spike Lee, Shelton Jackson Lee]
2 United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970) [syn: Gypsy Rose Lee, Rose Louise Hovick]
3 United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973) [syn: Bruce Lee, Lee Yuen Kam]
4 United States physicist (born in China) who collaborated with Yang Chen Ning in disproving the principle of conservation of parity (born in 1926) [syn: Tsung Dao Lee]
5 leader of the American Revolution who proposed the resolution calling for independence of the American colonies (1732-1794) [syn: Richard Henry Lee]
6 soldier of the American Revolution (1756-1818) [syn: Henry Lee, Lighthorse Harry Lee]
7 American general who led the Confederate armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870) [syn: Robert E. Lee, Robert Edward Lee]
8 the side of something that is sheltered from the wind [syn: lee side, leeward]

User Contributed Dictionary

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Old English hlēo


  • Homophones: lea


  1. (sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
  2. (sailing) The side of the ship away from the wind.


side of the ship away from the wind

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From ledd


  1. To move; making a body part move, making a boulder move



  1. Third-person singular indicative present of leer.
  2. Second-person singular imperative of leer.

Extensive Definition

Lee may refer to:


Fictional characters

  • Lee Adama, a character on the television show Battlestar Galactica
  • Lee Chaolan, a character in the Tekken series
  • Jann Lee, a character in the Dead or Alive video game series
  • Rock Lee, a character in the manga and anime series Naruto
  • Lee, a character in the Street Fighter video game

Place and river names

Other uses

  • Lee, a song by Moxy Früvous from their album You Will Go to the Moon
  • Lee Current, a sailing term describing when the current in the water is going in the same direction as the wind
  • Lee (Jeans), a clothing brand
  • Lee side, the side of a ship which is downwind, the side away from windward
  • Lee University, private coeducational university located in Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Lee waves, periodic changes of pressure in a stream of air when the wind moves over mountains
  • Cyclone Lee, the name for a potential tropical cyclone that may occur in the Atlantic Ocean in 2011
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

cover, defense, eye, flanking, glancing, guard, lateral, lee sheet, lee shore, lee side, lee tack, leeward, next-beside, preservation, protection, protective custody, refuge, safekeeping, safety, shade, shadow, shelter, side, sideling, sidelong, sideward, sidewards, sideway, sideways, sidewise, skirting, watchful eye, weather, windward
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