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Lake vs. Mere: Know the Difference

Lake vs. Mere

Lake and Mere Definitions

Lake

A large inland body of fresh water or salt water.

Mere

Being nothing more than what is specified
A mere child.
A mere 50 cents an hour.

Lake

A scenic pond, as in a park.

Mere

Considered apart from anything else
Shocked by the mere idea.

Lake

A large pool of liquid
A lake of spilled coffee on my desk.
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Mere

Small; slight
Could detect only the merest whisper.

Lake

A pigment consisting of organic coloring matter with an inorganic, usually metallic base or carrier, used in dyes, inks, and paints.

Mere

(Obsolete) Pure; unadulterated.

Lake

A deep red.

Mere

A small lake, pond, or marsh
"Sometimes on lonely mountain meres / I find a magic bark" (Tennyson).
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Lake

A large, landlocked stretch of water or similar liquid.

Mere

Just, only; no more than, pure and simple, neither more nor better than might be expected.

Lake

A large amount of liquid; as, a wine lake.

Mere

(obsolete) Pure, unalloyed .

Lake

A small stream of running water; a channel for water; a drain.
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Mere

(obsolete) Nothing less than; complete, downright .

Lake

(obsolete) A pit, or ditch.

Mere

Boundary, limit; a boundary-marker; boundary-line.

Lake

(obsolete) An offering, sacrifice, gift.

Mere

A body of standing water, such as a lake or a pond. More specifically, it can refer to a lake that is broad in relation to its depth. Also included in place names such as Windermere.

Lake

(dialectal) Play; sport; game; fun; glee.

Mere

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Lake

(obsolete) A kind of fine, white linen.

Mere

A Maori war-club.

Lake

In dyeing and painting, an often fugitive crimson or vermillion pigment derived from an organic colorant (cochineal or madder, for example) and an inorganic, generally metallic mordant.

Mere

To limit; bound; divide or cause division in.

Lake

In the composition of colors for use in products intended for human consumption, made by extending on a substratum of alumina, a salt prepared from one of the certified water-soluble straight colors.
The name of a lake prepared by extending the aluminum salt prepared from FD&C Blue No. 1 upon the substratum would be FD&C Blue No. 1--Aluminum Lake.

Mere

To set divisions and bounds.

Lake

(obsolete) To present an offering.

Mere

(cartography) To decide upon the position of a boundary; to position it on a map.

Lake

To leap, jump, exert oneself, play.

Mere

A pool or lake.

Lake

To make lake-red.

Mere

A boundary.

Lake

A pigment formed by combining some coloring matter, usually by precipitation, with a metallic oxide or earth, esp. with aluminium hydrate; as, madder lake; Florentine lake; yellow lake, etc.

Mere

A mare.

Lake

A kind of fine white linen, formerly in use.

Mere

To divide, limit, or bound.
Which meared her rule with Africa.

Lake

A large body of water contained in a depression of the earth's surface, and supplied from the drainage of a more or less extended area.

Mere

Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
Then entered they the mere, main sea.
The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed.

Lake

To play; to sport.

Mere

Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form.
From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation.

Lake

A body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land

Mere

A small pond of standing water

Lake

A purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal

Mere

Being nothing more than specified;
A mere child

Lake

Any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments

Mere

Apart from anything else; without additions or modifications;
Only the bare facts
Shocked by the mere idea
The simple passage of time was enough
The simple truth

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