Lack. n.s. [from the verb.]
- Want; need; failure.
In the scripture there neither wanteth any thing, the lack whereof might deprive us of life. Hooker, b. i. p. 41.
Many that are not mad
Have sure more lack of reason. Shakes. Meas. for Meas.
He was not able to keep that place three days, for lack of victuals. Knolles's History of the Turks.
The trenchant blade, toledo trusty,
For want of fighting was grown rusty,
And eat into itself, for lack
Of somebody to hew and hack. Hudibras, p. i. c. 1.
- Lack, whether noun or verb, is now almost obsolete.