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English Dictionary: lay by the DICT Development Group
12 results for lay
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"
    Synonym(s): laic, lay, secular
  2. not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  1. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain [syn: ballad, lay]
  2. a narrative poem of popular origin
    Synonym(s): ballad, lay
  1. put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
    Synonym(s): put, set, place, pose, position, lay
  2. put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
    Synonym(s): lay, 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; "This hen doesn't lay"
  5. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone"
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]:
   Lay \Lay\, n.
      The laity; the common people. [Obs.]
               The learned have no more privilege than the lay. --B.

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.] [bd]Many goodly lays.[b8] --Spenser.
      3. An obligation; a vow. [Obs.]
                     They bound themselves by a sacred lay and oath. --

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[be]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.
      2. A melody; any musical utterance.
                     The throstle cock made eke his lay.   --Chaucer.

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. [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[91]neus laid Ortygius on the plain, The
                     victor C[91]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.
      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.
                     Lay the fault on us.                        --Shak.
      12. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on
      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.
      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.
      {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.
      {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
      {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.] [bd]I have laid in for
            these.[b8] --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

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.
      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. [bd]My fortunes against any lay worth naming.[b8]
            (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]:
   Lie \Lie\, v. i. [imp. {Lay} (l[amac]); p. p. {Lain} (l[amac]n),
      ({Lien} (l[imac]"[ecr]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. [bd]An appeal lies in this case.[b8]
      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
      {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. [bd]As
            much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.[b8]
            --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
      {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.
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