imp.1.of Lie, to recline.
a.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.
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.
Lay brother
(R. C. Ch.) one received into a convent of monks under the three vows, but not in holy orders.
- F. G. Lee.
Lay clerk
(Eccl.) a layman who leads the responses of the congregation, etc., in the church service.
Lay days
(Com.) time allowed in a charter party for taking in and discharging cargo.
- Hook.
Lay elder
See 2d Elder, 3, note.
- McElrath.
n.1.The laity; the common people.
The learned have no more privilege than the lay.
- B. Jonson.
1.A meadow. See Lea.
1.Faith; creed; religious profession.
2.A law.
3.An obligation; a vow.
a.1.A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad.
2.A melody; any musical utterance.
The throstle cock made eke his lay.
- Chaucer.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Laid (lād); p. pr. & vb. n. Laying.]
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.
6.To cause to lie dead or dying.
Brave Cæneus laid Ortygius on the plain,
The victor Cæneus 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. liii. 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.
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.) To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
To lay asleep
to put sleep; to make unobservant or careless.
To lay bare
to make bare; to strip.
- Bacon.
Let brave spirits . . . not be laid by.
- Bacon.
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
to strike vigorously in all directions.
To lay at
to strike or strike at.
- J. H. Newman.
To lay for
to prepare to capture or assault; to lay wait for.
- Spenser.
To lay in for
to make overtures for; to engage or secure the possession of.
- Bp Hall.
To lay on
to strike; to beat; to attack.
- Dryden.
To lay out
to purpose; to plan; as, he lays out to make a journey.
- Shak.
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.
2.A wager.
3.A job, price, or profit.
4.(Textile Manuf.) A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea (a).
5.A plan; a scheme.
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.
the lay of the land
the general situation or state of affairs.
to get the lay of the land
to learn the general situation or state of affairs, especially in preparation for action.
Noun1.Laylay - a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
Synonyms: ballad
2.lay - a narrative poem of popular origin
Synonyms: ballad
Verb1.lay - 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"
Synonyms: place, put, set, position, pose
2.lay - put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
Synonyms: put down, repose
3.lay - prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
4.lay - lay eggs; "This hen doesn't lay"
5.lay - impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone"
Adj.1.lay - 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"
Synonyms: laic, secular
2.lay - not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"

LAY, English law. That which relates to persons or things not ecclesiastical. In the United States the people are not, by law, divided, as in England, into ecclesiastical and lay. The law makes no distinction between them.

TO LAY, pleading. To state or to allege. The place from whence a jury are to be summoned, is called the venue, and the allegation in the declaration, of the place where the jury is to be summoned, is in technical language, said to lay the venue. 3 Steph. Com. 574; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2826.

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Translate Lay to Spanish, Translate Lay to German, Translate Lay to French
lawyer bush
lawyer cane
lawyer-client relation
-- Lay --
lay aside
lay away
Lay baptism
Lay brother
lay claim
Lay clerk
Lay corporation
Lay damages
Lay days
lay down
Lay elder
lay eyes on
lay figure
lay hands on
lay in
lay into
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