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lay


  12  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  n. 
  The  laity;  the  common  people.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  learned  have  no  more  privilege  than  the  lay.  --B. 
  Jonson 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  n. 
  A  meadow.  See  {Lea}.  [Obs.]  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  n.  [OF.  lei  faith,  law,  F.  loi  law.  See  {Legal}.] 
  1.  Faith;  creed;  religious  profession.  [Obs.] 
 
  Of  the  sect  to  which  that  he  was  born  He  kept  his 
  lay,  to  which  that  he  was  sworn.  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  A  law.  [Obs.]  ``Many  goodly  lays.''  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  An  obligation;  a  vow.  [Obs.] 
 
  They  bound  themselves  by  a  sacred  lay  and  oath.  -- 
  Holland. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  imp. 
  of  {Lie},  to  recline. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  a.  [OF.  lai,  lais,  prob.  of  Celtic  origin;  cf  Ir 
  laoi,  laoidh  song,  poem,  OIr.  laoidh  poem,  verse;  but  cf 
  also  AS  l[=a]c  play,  sport,  G.  leich  a  sort  of  poem  (cf. 
  {Lake}  to  sport).  ?.] 
  1.  A  song;  a  simple  lyrical  poem;  a  ballad.  --Spenser.  Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  A  melody;  any  musical  utterance. 
 
  The  throstle  cock  made  eke  his  lay.  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  a.  [F.  lai,  L.  laicus  Gr  ?  of  or  from  the  people, 
  lay,  from  ?,  ?,  people.  Cf  {Laic}.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  laity,  as  distinct  from  the 
  clergy;  as  a  lay  person;  a  lay  preacher;  a  lay  brother. 
 
  2.  Not  educated  or  cultivated;  ignorant.[Obs.] 
 
  3.  Not  belonging  to  or  emanating  from  a  particular 
  profession;  unprofessional;  as  a  lay  opinion  regarding 
  the  nature  of  a  disease. 
 
  {Lay  baptism}  (Eccl.),  baptism  administered  by  a  lay  person. 
  --F.  G.  Lee. 
 
  {Lay  brother}  (R.  C.  Ch.),  one  received  into  a  convent  of 
  monks  under  the  three  vows,  but  not  in  holy  orders 
 
  {Lay  clerk}  (Eccl.),  a  layman  who  leads  the  responses  of  the 
  congregation,  etc.,  in  the  church  service.  --Hook. 
 
  {Lay  days}  (Com.),  time  allowed  in  a  charter  party  for  taking 
  in  and  discharging  cargo.  --McElrath. 
 
  {Lay  elder}.  See  2d  {Elder},  3,  note. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Laid};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Laying}.]  [OE.  leggen,  AS  lecgan  causative,  fr  licgan  to 
  lie;  akin  to  D.  leggen,  G.  legen,  Icel.  leggja  Goth.  lagjan. 
  See  {Lie}  to  be  prostrate.] 
  1.  To  cause  to  lie  down  to  be  prostrate,  or  to  lie  against 
  something  to  put  or  set  down  to  deposit;  as  to  lay  a 
  book  on  the  table;  to  lay  a  body  in  the  grave;  a  shower 
  lays  the  dust. 
 
  A  stone  was  brought,  and  laid  upon  the  mouth  of  the 
  den.  --Dan.  vi  17. 
 
  Soft  on  the  flowery  herb  I  found  me  laid.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  place  in  position;  to  establish  firmly;  to  arrange  with 
  regularity;  to  dispose  in  ranks  or  tiers;  as  to  lay  a 
  corner  stone;  to  lay  bricks  in  a  wall;  to  lay  the  covers 
  on  a  table. 
 
  3.  To  prepare;  to  make  ready;  to  contrive;  to  provide;  as  to 
  lay  a  snare,  an  ambush,  or  a  plan 
 
  4.  To  spread  on  a  surface;  as  to  lay  plaster  or  paint. 
 
  5.  To  cause  to  be  still  to  calm;  to  allay;  to  suppress;  to 
  exorcise,  as  an  evil  spirit. 
 
  After  a  tempest  when  the  winds  are  laid.  --Waller. 
 
  6.  To  cause  to  lie  dead  or  dying. 
 
  Brave  C[ae]neus  laid  Ortygius  on  the  plain,  The 
  victor  C[ae]neus  was  by  Turnus  slain.  --Dryden. 
 
  7.  To  deposit,  as  a  wager;  to  stake;  to  risk. 
 
  I  dare  lay  mine  honor  He  will  remain  so  --Shak. 
 
  8.  To  bring  forth  and  deposit;  as  to  lay  eggs. 
 
  9.  To  apply;  to  put 
 
  She  layeth  her  hands  to  the  spindle.  --Prov.  xxxi. 
  19. 
 
  10.  To  impose,  as  a  burden,  suffering,  or  punishment;  to 
  assess,  as  a  tax;  as  to  lay  a  tax  on  land. 
 
  The  Lord  hath  laid  on  him  the  iniquity  of  us  all 
  --Is.  Iiii.  6. 
 
  11.  To  impute;  to  charge;  to  allege. 
 
  God  layeth  not  folly  to  them  --Job  xxiv. 
  12. 
 
  Lay  the  fault  on  us  --Shak. 
 
  12.  To  impose,  as  a  command  or  a  duty;  as  to  lay  commands  on 
  one 
 
  13.  To  present  or  offer;  as  to  lay  an  indictment  in  a 
  particular  county;  to  lay  a  scheme  before  one 
 
  14.  (Law)  To  state;  to  allege;  as  to  lay  the  venue. 
  --Bouvier. 
 
  15.  (Mil.)  To  point;  to  aim  as  to  lay  a  gun. 
 
  16.  (Rope  Making)  To  put  the  strands  of  (a  rope,  a  cable, 
  etc.)  in  their  proper  places  and  twist  or  unite  them  as 
  to  lay  a  cable  or  rope. 
 
  17.  (Print.) 
  a  To  place  and  arrange  (pages)  for  a  form  upon  the 
  imposing  stone. 
  b  To  place  (new  type)  properly  in  the  cases. 
 
  {To  lay  asleep},  to  put  sleep;  to  make  unobservant  or 
  careless.  --Bacon. 
 
  {To  lay  bare},  to  make  bare;  to  strip. 
 
  And  laid  those  proud  roofs  bare  to  summer's  rain. 
  --Byron. 
 
  {To  lay  before},  to  present  to  to  submit  for  consideration; 
  as  the  papers  are  laid  before  Congress. 
 
  {To  lay  by}. 
  a  To  save. 
  b  To  discard. 
 
  Let  brave  spirits  .  .  .  not  be  laid  by 
  --Bacon. 
 
  {To  lay  by  the  heels},  to  put  in  the  stocks.  --Shak. 
 
  {To  lay  down}. 
  a  To  stake  as  a  wager. 
  b  To  yield;  to  relinquish;  to  surrender;  as  to  lay 
  down  one's  life;  to  lay  down  one's  arms. 
  c  To  assert  or  advance,  as  a  proposition  or  principle. 
 
 
  {To  lay  forth}. 
  a  To  extend  at  length;  (reflexively)  to  exert  one's 
  self  to  expatiate.  [Obs.] 
  b  To  lay  out  (as  a  corpse).  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  {To  lay  hands  on},  to  seize. 
 
  {To  lay  hands  on  one's  self},  or  {To  lay  violent  hands  on 
  one's  self},  to  injure  one's  self  specif.,  to  commit 
  suicide. 
 
  {To  lay  heads  together},  to  consult. 
 
  {To  lay  hold  of},  or  {To  lay  hold  on},  to  seize;  to  catch. 
 
  {To  lay  in},  to  store;  to  provide. 
 
  {To  lay  it  on},  to  apply  without  stint.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  produce  and  deposit  eggs. 
 
  2.  (Naut.)  To  take  a  position;  to  come  or  go  as  to  lay 
  forward;  to  lay  aloft. 
 
  3.  To  lay  a  wager;  to  bet. 
 
  {To  lay  about},  or  {To  lay  about  one},  to  strike  vigorously 
  in  all  directions.  --J.  H.  Newman. 
 
  {To  lay  at},  to  strike  or  strike  at  --Spenser. 
 
  {To  lay  for},  to  prepare  to  capture  or  assault;  to  lay  wait 
  for  [Colloq.]  --Bp  Hall. 
 
  {To  lay  in  for},  to  make  overtures  for  to  engage  or  secure 
  the  possession  of  [Obs.]  ``I  have  laid  in  for  these.'' 
  --Dryden. 
 
  {To  lay  on},  to  strike;  to  beat  to  attack.  --Shak. 
 
  {To  lay  out},  to  purpose;  to  plan  as  he  lays  out  to  make  a 
  journey. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lay  \Lay\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  lies  or  is  laid  or  is  conceived  of  as  having 
  been  laid  or  placed  in  its  position;  a  row;  a  stratum;  a 
  layer;  as  a  lay  of  stone  or  wood.  --Addison. 
 
  A  viol  should  have  a  lay  of  wire  strings  below. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  Note:  The  lay  of  a  rope  is  right-handed  or  left-handed 
  according  to  the  hemp  or  strands  are  laid  up  See 
  {Lay},  v.  t.,  16.  The  lay  of  land  is  its  topographical 
  situation,  esp.  its  slope  and  its  surface  features. 
 
  2.  A  wager.  ``My  fortunes  against  any  lay  worth  naming.'' 
 
  3. 
  a  A  job,  price,  or  profit.  [Prov.  Eng.]  --Wright. 
  b  A  share  of  the  proceeds  or  profits  of  an  enterprise; 
  as  when  a  man  ships  for  a  whaling  voyage,  he  agrees 
  for  a  certain  lay.  [U.  S.] 
 
  4.  (Textile  Manuf.) 
  a  A  measure  of  yarn;  a  lea.  See  1st  {Lea} 
  a  . 
  b  The  lathe  of  a  loom.  See  {Lathe},  3. 
 
  5.  A  plan  a  scheme.  [Slang]  --Dickens. 
 
  {Lay  figure}. 
  a  A  jointed  model  of  the  human  body  that  may  be  put  in 
  any  attitude;  --  used  for  showing  the  disposition  of 
  drapery,  etc 
  b  A  mere  puppet;  one  who  serves  the  will  of  others 
  without  independent  volition. 
 
  {Lay  race},  that  part  of  a  lay  on  which  the  shuttle  travels 
  in  weaving;  --  called  also  {shuttle  race}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
 
 
  3.  The  movable  swing  frame  of  a  loom,  carrying  the  reed  for 
  separating  the  warp  threads  and  beating  up  the  weft;  -- 
  called  also  {lay}  and  {batten}. 
 
  {Blanchard  lathe},  a  lathe  for  turning  irregular  forms  after 
  a  given  pattern,  as  lasts,  gunstocks,  and  the  like 
 
  {Drill  lathe},  or  {Speed  lathe},  a  small  lathe  which  from 
  its  high  speed,  is  adapted  for  drilling;  a  hand  lathe. 
 
  {Engine  lathe},  a  turning  lathe  in  which  the  cutting  tool  has 
  an  automatic  feed;  --  used  chiefly  for  turning  and  boring 
  metals,  cutting  screws,  etc 
 
  {Foot  lathe},  a  lathe  which  is  driven  by  a  treadle  worked  by 
  the  foot. 
 
  {Geometric  lathe}.  See  under  {Geometric} 
 
  {Hand  lathe},  a  lathe  operated  by  hand;  a  power  turning  lathe 
  without  an  automatic  feed  for  the  tool. 
 
  {Slide  lathe},  an  engine  lathe. 
 
  {Throw  lathe},  a  small  lathe  worked  by  one  hand,  while  the 
  cutting  tool  is  held  in  the  other 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lie  \Lie\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Lay}  (l[=a]);  p.  p.  {Lain}  (l[=a]n), 
  ({Lien}  (l[imac]"[e^]n),  Obs.);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Lying}.] 
  [OE.  lien,  liggen,  AS  licgan;  akin  to  D.  liggen,  OHG.  ligen, 
  licken,  G.  liegen,  Icel.  liggja  Sw  ligga,  Dan.  ligge,  Goth. 
  ligan,  Russ.  lejate,  L.  lectus  bed,  Gr  le`chos  bed, 
  le`xasqai  to  lie.  Cf  {Lair},  {Law},  {Lay},  v.  t.,  {Litter}, 
  {Low},  adj.] 
  1.  To  rest  extended  on  the  ground,  a  bed,  or  any  support;  to 
  be  or  to  put  one's  self  in  an  horizontal  position,  or 
  nearly  so  to  be  prostate;  to  be  stretched  out  --  often 
  with  down  when  predicated  of  living  creatures;  as  the 
  book  lies  on  the  table;  the  snow  lies  on  the  roof;  he  lies 
  in  his  coffin. 
 
  The  watchful  traveler  .  .  .  Lay  down  again  and 
  closed  his  weary  eyes.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  be  situated;  to  occupy  a  certain  place  as  Ireland 
  lies  west  of  England;  the  meadows  lie  along  the  river;  the 
  ship  lay  in  port. 
 
  3.  To  abide;  to  remain  for  a  longer  or  shorter  time;  to  be  in 
  a  certain  state  or  condition;  as  to  lie  waste;  to  lie 
  fallow;  to  lie  open  to  lie  hid;  to  lie  grieving;  to  lie 
  under  one's  displeasure;  to  lie  at  the  mercy  of  the  waves; 
  the  paper  does  not  lie  smooth  on  the  wall. 
 
  4.  To  be  or  exist;  to  belong  or  pertain;  to  have  an  abiding 
  place  to  consist;  --  with  in 
 
  Envy  lies  between  beings  equal  in  nature,  though 
  unequal  in  circumstances.  --Collier. 
 
  He  that  thinks  that  diversion  may  not  lie  in  hard 
  labor,  forgets  the  early  rising  and  hard  riding  of 
  huntsmen.  --Locke. 
 
  5.  To  lodge;  to  sleep. 
 
  Whiles  I  was  now  trifling  at  home,  I  saw  London,  .  . 
  .  where  I  lay  one  night  only.  --Evelyn. 
 
  Mr  Quinion  lay  at  our  house  that  night.  --Dickens. 
 
  6.  To  be  still  or  quiet,  like  one  lying  down  to  rest. 
 
  The  wind  is  loud  and  will  not  lie.  --Shak. 
 
  7.  (Law)  To  be  sustainable;  to  be  capable  of  being 
  maintained.  ``An  appeal  lies  in  this  case.''  --Parsons. 
 
  Note:  Through  ignorance  or  carelessness  speakers  and  writers 
  often  confuse  the  forms  of  the  two  distinct  verbs  lay 
  and  lie.  Lay  is  a  transitive  verb  and  has  for  its 
  preterit  laid;  as  he  told  me  to  lay  it  down  and  I 
  laid  it  down  Lie  is  intransitive,  and  has  for  its 
  preterit  lay;  as  he  told  me  to  lie  down  and  I  lay 
  down  Some  persons  blunder  by  using  laid  for  the 
  preterit  of  lie;  as  he  told  me  to  lie  down  and  I  laid 
  down  So  persons  often  say  incorrectly,  the  ship  laid 
  at  anchor;  they  laid  by  during  the  storm;  the  book  was 
  laying  on  the  shelf,  etc  It  is  only  necessary  to 
  remember,  in  all  such  cases,  that  laid  is  the  preterit 
  of  lay,  and  not  of  lie. 
 
  {To  lie  along  the  shore}  (Naut.),  to  coast,  keeping  land  in 
  sight. 
 
  {To  lie  at  the  door  of},  to  be  imputable  to  as  the  sin, 
  blame,  etc.,  lies  at  your  door. 
 
  {To  lie  at  the  heart},  to  be  an  object  of  affection,  desire, 
  or  anxiety.  --Sir  W.  Temple. 
 
  {To  lie  at  the  mercy  of},  to  be  in  the  power  of 
 
  {To  lie  by}. 
  a  To  remain  with  to  be  at  hand;  as  he  has  the 
  manuscript  lying  by  him 
  b  To  rest;  to  intermit  labor;  as  we  lay  by  during  the 
  heat  of  the  day 
 
  {To  lie  hard}  or  {heavy},  to  press  or  weigh;  to  bear  hard. 
 
  {To  lie  in},  to  be  in  childbed;  to  bring  forth  young. 
 
  {To  lie  in  one},  to  be  in  the  power  of  to  belong  to  ``As 
  much  as  lieth  in  you  live  peaceably  with  all  men.'' 
  --Rom.  xii.  18. 
 
  {To  lie  in  the  way},  to  be  an  obstacle  or  impediment. 
 
  {To  lie  in  wait},  to  wait  in  concealment;  to  lie  in  ambush. 
 
 
  {To  lie  on}  or  {upon}. 
  a  To  depend  on  as  his  life  lies  on  the  result. 
  b  To  bear,  rest,  press,  or  weigh  on 
 
  {To  lie  low},  to  remain  in  concealment  or  inactive.  [Slang] 
 
 
  {To  lie  on  hand}, 
 
  {To  lie  on  one's  hands},  to  remain  unsold  or  unused;  as  the 
  goods  are  still  lying  on  his  hands;  they  have  too  much 
  time  lying  on  their  hands. 
 
  {To  lie  on  the  head  of},  to  be  imputed  to 
 
  What  he  gets  more  of  her  than  sharp  words  let  it 
  lie  on  my  head.  --Shak. 
 
  {To  lie  over}. 
  a  To  remain  unpaid  after  the  time  when  payment  is  due, 
  as  a  note  in  bank. 
  b  To  be  deferred  to  some  future  occasion,  as  a 
  resolution  in  a  public  deliberative  body. 
 
  {To  lie  to}  (Naut.),  to  stop  or  delay;  especially,  to  head  as 
  near  the  wind  as  possible  as  being  the  position  of 
  greatest  safety  in  a  gale;  --  said  of  a  ship.  Cf  {To 
  bring  to},  under  {Bring}. 
 
  {To  lie  under},  to  be  subject  to  to  suffer;  to  be  oppressed 
  by 
 
  {To  lie  with}. 
  a  To  lodge  or  sleep  with 
  b  To  have  sexual  intercourse  with 
  c  To  belong  to  as  it  lies  with  you  to  make  amends. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  lay 
  adj  1:  concerning  those  not  members  of  the  clergy;  "set  his  collar 
  in  laic  rather  than  clerical  position";  "the  lay 
  ministry";  "the  choir  sings  both  sacred  and  secular 
  music"  [syn:  {laic},  {secular}] 
  2:  not  of  or  from  a  profession;  "a  lay  opinion  as  to  the  cause 
  of  the  disease" 
  n  1:  a  narrative  song  with  a  recurrent  refrain  [syn:  {ballad}] 
  2:  a  narrative  poem  of  popular  origin  [syn:  {ballad}] 
  v  1:  put  into  a  certain  place:  "Put  your  things  here";  "Set  the 
  tray  down";  "Set  the  dogs  on  the  scent  of  the  mising 
  children";  also  with  abstract  objects  and  locations: 
  "Place  emphasis  on  a  certain  point"  [syn:  {put},  {set}, 
  {place},  {pose},  {position}] 
  2:  put  in  a  horizontal  position;  "lay  the  books  on  the  table"; 
  "lay  the  patient  carefully  onto  the  bed"  [syn:  {put  down}, 
  {repose}] 
  3:  prepare  or  position  for  action  or  operation;  "lay  a  fire"; 
  "lay  the  foundation  for  a  new  health  care  plan" 
  4:  lay  eggs;  of  female  animals;  "This  hen  doesn't  lay" 
  5:  impose  as  a  duty,  burden,  or  punishment;  "lay  a 
  reponsibility  on  someone" 




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