1. A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a person may hold or restrain an animal, such as a falconer holding his hawk, or a courser his dog. For dogs and cats, the leash is commonly attached to a collar around the neck of the animal.
Even like a fawning greyhound in the leash. --Shak.
2. Sporting A brace and a half; a tierce; three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.
[I] kept my chamber a leash of days. --B. Jonson.
Then were I wealthier than a leash of kings. --Tennyson.
3. Weaving A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.
Leash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Leashed p. pr. & vb. n. Leashing.] To tie together, or hold, with a leash.
n 1: restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to
restrain an animal [syn: tether, lead]
2: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
[syn: three, 3, III, trio, threesome, tierce,
troika, triad, trine, trinity, ternary, ternion,
triplet, tercet, terzetto, trey, deuce-ace]
3: a figurative restraint; "asked for a collar on program
trading in the stock market"; "kept a tight leash on his
emotions"; "he's always gotten a long leash" [syn: collar]
v : fasten with a rope; "rope the bag securely" [syn: rope]