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lake

A lake is a large body of water that is surrounded by land. The lake's water can be fresh (like Lake Michigan) or, more rarely, salty (like the Great Salt Lake). A lake is generally accepted as being bigger than a "pond."

Lake is also a type of pigment or dye that is made when a dye that can dissolve is mixed with a metallic salt or other binder that is incapable of being dissolved, rendering an insoluble pigment. Indigo lake, for example, is a blue pigment that was originally made from the woad plant but later from the indigo plant. Carmine or crimson lake, on the other hand, is made from crushed cochineal insects and is a red pigment.

Definitions of lake
  1. noun
    a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
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    Lake Balaton
    a large shallow lake in western Hungary
    Canandaigua Lake
    a glacial lake in central New York; one of the Finger Lakes
    Caspian Sea
    a large saltwater lake between Iran and Russia fed by the Volga River; the largest inland body of water in the world
    Cayuga Lake
    a glacial lake in central New York; the longest of the Finger Lakes
    Lake Baikal
    the largest freshwater lake in Asia or Europe and the deepest lake in the world
    Lake Chelan
    a narrow very deep lake in central Washington in the Cascade Range
    Coeur d'Alene Lake
    a lake in northern Idaho
    Lake Tahoe
    a lake on the border between Nevada and California to the west of Carson City; a popular resort area
    Lake Constance
    a lake in southeastern Germany on the northern side of the Swiss Alps; forms part of the Rhine River
    Dead Sea
    a saltwater lake on the border between Israel and Jordan; its surface in 1292 feet below sea level
    Lake Eyre
    a shallow salt lake in south central Australia about 35 feet below sea level; the largest lake in the country and the lowest point on the continent
    Great Salt Lake
    a shallow body of salt water in northwestern Utah
    Great Slave Lake
    a lake in the Northwest Territories in northwestern Canada; drained by the Mackenzie River
    IJsselmeer
    a shallow lake in northwestern Netherlands created in 1932 by building a dam across the entrance to the Zuider Zee
    Keuka Lake
    a glacial lake in central New York; one of the Finger Lakes
    Lake Kivu
    a lake in the mountains of central Africa between Congo and Rwanda
    Lake Albert Nyanza
    a shallow lake on the border between Uganda and Congo in the Great Rift Valley
    Lake Aral
    a lake to the east of the Caspian Sea lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
    Lake Chad
    a lake in north central Africa; fed by the Shari river
    Lake Champlain
    a lake in northeastern New York, northwestern Vermont and southern Quebec; site of many battles in the French and Indian War and in the American Revolution and in the War of 1812
    Lake Edward
    a lake in the Great Rift Valley between Congo and Uganda
    Lake Erie
    the 4th largest of the Great Lakes; it is linked to the Hudson River by the New York State Barge Canal
    Lake Geneva
    a lake between southwestern Switzerland and France that is crossed from east to west by the Rhone
    Lake Huron
    the 2nd largest of the Great Lakes
    Lake Ilmen
    a lake in northwestern Russia; drains through the Volkhov River into Lake Ladoga
    Lake Ladoga
    a lake in northwestern Russia to the north of St. Petersburg; the largest lake in Europe; drains through the Neva River into the Gulf of Finland
    Lake Michigan
    the 3rd largest of the Great Lakes; the largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States borders
    Lake Nasser
    lake in Egypt formed by dams built on the Nile River at Aswan
    Lake Malawi
    a long lake in southeastern Africa between Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi
    Lake Onega
    lake in northwestern Russia near the border with Finland; second largest lake in Europe
    Lake Ontario
    the smallest of the Great Lakes
    Lake Saint Clair
    a lake between Ontario and Michigan; connected with Lake Huron and Lake Erie
    Lake Superior
    the largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes
    Lake Tsana
    a lake in northern Ethiopia; the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile
    Lake Tanganyika
    the longest lake in the world in central Africa between Tanzania and Congo in the Great Rift Valley
    Daryacheh-ye Orumiyeh
    a shallow saline lake in northwestern Iran between Tabriz and the western border of Turkey
    Lake Vanern
    a lake in southwestern Sweden; the largest lake in Sweden
    Victoria Nyanza
    the largest lake in Africa and the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world; a headwaters reservoir for the Nile River
    Lake Okeechobee
    a lake in southeast Florida to the north of the Everglades
    Poyang
    a lake in central China that is connected to the Chang Jiang by a canal
    Salton Sea
    a saltwater lake in southeastern California
    Lake Seneca
    a glacial lake in central New York; the largest of the Finger Lakes
    Lake Winnipeg
    a lake in southern Canada in Manitoba
    Lake Mead
    the largest reservoir in the United States; located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona and formed by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River; the center of a recreational area
    Lake Powell
    the second largest reservoir in the United States; located in southern Utah and north central Arizona and formed by the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River
    Lake Volta
    the Volta river in southeastern has been dammed to create one of the world's largest man-made lakes
    Loch Achray
    a lake in central Scotland
    Loch Ness
    a lake in the Scottish highlands; the largest body of fresh water in Great Britain
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    artificial lake, man-made lake, reservoir
    lake used to store water for community use
    bayou
    a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)
    lagoon, laguna, lagune
    a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef of sand or coral
    loch
    Scottish word for a lake
    lough
    Irish word for a lake
    oxbow lake
    a crescent-shaped lake (often temporary) that is formed when a meander of a river is cut off from the main channel
    pond, pool
    a small lake
    tarn
    a mountain lake (especially one formed by glaciers)
    fishpond
    a freshwater pond with fish
    horsepond
    a pond for watering horses
    liman
    a long narrow lagoon near the mouth of a river
    mere
    a small pond of standing water
    millpond
    a pond formed by damming a stream to provide a head of water to turn a mill wheel
    swimming hole
    a small body of water (usually in a creek) that is deep enough to use for swimming
    water hole
    a natural hole or hollow containing water
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    body of water, water
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
  2. noun
    any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments
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    pigment
    dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
  3. noun
    a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal
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    pigment
    dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
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