A little dog on a leash.
- The definition of a leash is a cord that holds an animal.
An example of a leash is a device for walking a dog.
- Leash is defined as to attach a cord to or to control with a cord.
An example of leash is to put a dog on a cord or strap for walking down the street.
- a cord, strap, etc. by which a dog or other animal is held in check
- Hunting a set of three, as of hounds; brace and a half
Origin of leashMiddle English lese ; from Old French lesse, length of cord, leash ; from laissier, to let, permit ; from laxare, to lighten, relieve ; from laxus, loose: see lax
- to attach a leash to
- to check or control by or as by a leash
hold in leash
strain at the leash
- a. A chain, rope, or strap attached to the collar or harness of an animal, especially a dog, and used to lead it or hold it in check.b. A strap or cord attached to a harness worn by a small child, used to prevent the child from wandering off.c. A strap, cord, or other line used to keep an object close to its user or in a designated location.
- a. Control or restraint: emotions kept in leash.b. A range of allowable behavior or responsibility: a husband kept on a short leash.
- a. A set of three animals, such as hounds.b. A set of three.
transitive verbleashed, leash·ing, leash·es
Origin of leashMiddle English lees, lesh, from Old French laisse, from laissier, to let go; see lease.
- A strap, cord or rope with which to restrain an animal, often a dog.
- A brace and a half; a tierce.
- A set of three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.
- A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.
- (surfing) A leg rope.
- 1980: Probably the idea was around before that, but the first photo of the leash in action was published that year "” As Years Roll By (1970's Retrospective), Drew Kampion, Surfing magazine, February 1980, page 43. Quoted at surfresearch.com.au glossary.
(third-person singular simple present leashes, present participle leashing, simple past and past participle leashed)
- unleash verb