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Definitions of lay

  1. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a narrative poem of popular origin Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; "lay a responsibility on someone" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. not of or from a profession; "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. lay eggs; of female animals; "This hen doesn't lay" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. lay eggs; "This hen doesn't lay" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. of Lie, v. i. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. of Lie, to recline. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The laity; the common people. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A meadow. See Lea. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Faith; creed; religious profession. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A law. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. An obligation; a vow. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A melody; any musical utterance. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To cause to lie dead or dying. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To apply; to put. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To impute; to charge; to allege. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To place (new type) properly in the cases. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To produce and deposit eggs. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. To lay a wager; to bet. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  44. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. A wager. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. A job, price, or profit. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea (a). Webster Dictionary DB
  49. The lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. A plan; a scheme. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. Past tense of the intransitive verb lie. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  52. To put or place; spread over; cause to lie; settle; calm; bring forth and drop, as an egg; wager; deposit; set or form secretly; as, to lay a trap or plot; impose, as a burden; as, to lay a task on someone. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  53. To produce eggs. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  54. Relating to the people, as distinguished from the clergy, or members of other professions; as, lay delegates to a church convention. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  55. A simple song or poem. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  56. Laid. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  57. Laying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  58. Pa. t. of LIE, to lay one's self down. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  59. To cause to lie down: to place or set down: to beat down: to spread on a surface: to calm: to appease: to wager: to bring forth: to impose: to charge: to present. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  60. To produce eggs:-pr.p. laying; pa.t. and pa.p. laid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  61. A song: a lyric or narrative poem. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  62. Pertaining to the laity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  63. To place, or cause, to lie down; to calm; wager; produce eggs. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  64. To place; deposit; impose; attribute or ascribe; impute; present. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  65. To make ready, as a table for a meal. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  66. To drop (an egg), as a fowl. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  67. To drop eggs, as fowls. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  68. Imp. of LIE, v. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  69. Laic. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  70. The manner in which something lies or is placed; a line of work; a layer; a bet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  71. A song; ballad. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  72. Pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; not clerical; unprofessional. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  73. That which is laid; a layer; the direction in which the strands of a rope are twisted; share of profit. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  74. A meadow; a lea. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  75. A narrative poem. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  76. To put or place; to beat down; to settle, as dust; to place in order; to spread on a surface; to calm; to appease; to spread and set in order; to wager; to bring forth; to impose; to charge; to enjoin; to present; to set; to contrive; to prefer. To lay a cable, to twiat or unite the strands. To lay apart, to put away. To lay aside, to put off or away; to discontinue. To lay away, to put aside for preservation. To lay before, to exhibit. To lay by, to reserve for future use. To lay down, to deposit; to resign; to relinquish; to offer or advance. To lay one's self down, to commit to repose. To lay hold of, to seize; to catch. To lay in, to store; to treasure. To lay on, to apply with force; to inflict. To lay open, to make bare; to uncovor. To lay over, to spread over; to incrust. To lay out, to expend; to plan; to dispose in order; to dress in grave-clothes, and place in a decent posture. To lay to, to charge upon; to impute; to apply with vigour; to check the motion of a ship. To lay together, to collect; to bring to one place. To lay to heart, to permit to affect greatly. To lay under, to subject to. To lay up, to store; to board; to confine to bed; to dismantle and place in dock. To lay siege, to besiege. To lay the course, to sail toward the port intended without tacking. To lay waste, to destroy; to desolate. To lay the land, to cause the land to appear to sink, by sailing from it. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  77. To bring forth or produce eggs; to contrive; to wager. To lay about, to strike or throw the arms on all sides; to act with vigour. To lay at, to strike, or endeavour to strike. To lay in for, to make overtures for; to engage or secure the possession of. To lay on, to strike; to beat; to deal blows with vehemence; to act with vehemence. To lay out, to purpose; to intend; to take measures. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  78. of Lie Webster Dictionary DB
  79. Of the verb lie, often confounded with the verb lay; it is improper, for example, to say, "He lays in bed too long;" it should be, "He lies in bed too long;" see lie. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  80. To put or place; to extend, as on the ground; to still; to keep from rising; to impute; to wager; to fix deep; to produce, as eggs; among seamen, to take a position; to come or go, as to lay forward. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  81. That which lies or is laid; a stratum; a layer. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  82. Not-clerical; pert. to the people as distinguished from the clergy. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  83. A song; a poem in a simple style; a metrical tale. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  84. The old spelling of lea, which see. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  85. Land under grass; grass or meadow-land. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  86. Did lie. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  87. l[=a], v.t. to cause to lie down: to place or set down: to beat down: to spread on a surface: to conjoin: to spread the proper thing on: to calm: to appease: to wager: to bring forth: to impose: to charge: to present.--v.i. to produce eggs: to wager, bet:--pr.p. lay'ing; pa.t. and pa.p. laid.--n. situation: (Shak.) a bet: a share of profit, esp. in whaling enterprises: (slang) a field or method of operations, esp. of thieves: a measure in thread manufacture, about 800 yards.--ns. LAY'ER, that which lays--e.g. a hen, a bricklayer: a bed or stratum: a shoot laid for propagation; LAY'ERING, the propagation of plants by layers; LAY'ING, the first coat of plaster: the act or time of laying eggs: the eggs laid; LAY'-OUT, that which is laid out, a spread, for dining, gaming, &c.; LAY'-STALL, a place for laying dung, rubbish, &c.--LAY ABOUT ONE, to deal blows vigorously or on all sides; LAY ASIDE, AWAY, to discard: to put apart for future use; LAY AT, to endeavour to strike; LAY BARE, to make bare, disclose; LAY BEFORE, to submit to, as of plans; LAY BY, to keep for future use, to dismiss, to put off; LAY BY THE HEELS (see HEEL); LAY DOWN, to give up: to deposit, as a pledge: to apply, as embroidery: to delineate, describe: to affirm, assert: (rare) to store for future use; LAY HEADS TOGETHER, to consult together, to deliberate; LAY HOLD OF, or ON, to seize, apprehend; LAY IN, to get in a supply of; LAY INTO, to chastise thoroughly; LAY IT ON, to charge exorbitantly, to do anything with profuseness; LAY OFF, to cast aside: to mark off; LAY ON, to apply with force, to strike, to act with vigour; LAY ONE'S SELF OUT TO, to put forth one's best efforts for anything; LAY ON LOAD (Spens.), to belabour; LAY ON THE TABLE (see TABLE); LAY OPEN, to make bare, to show, expose; LAY OUT, to expand, to display: to expend, to plan, to exert: to dress in grave-clothes: to take measures, seek; LAY SIEGE TO, to besiege: to importune; LAY THE LAND, to cause the land to disappear below the horizon by sailing away from it; LAY TO, to apply with vigour: to bring a ship to rest; LAY TO HEART (see HEART); LAY UNDER, to subject to; LAY UP, to store up, preserve: to confine to one's bed or room for a time: to put a ship in dock after dismantling; LAY UPON, to wager upon; LAY WAIT, to lie in wait, or in ambush; LAY WASTE, to devastate, to destroy.--LAYING ON OF HANDS (see HAND).--LAID EMBROIDERY, gimped or raised embroidery.--ON A LAY, on shares, as when a crew is shipped 'on a lay' instead of receiving wages. [Lay is the causal to lie, from A.S. lecgan; Ice. leggja, Ger. legen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  88. l[=a], n. a song: a lyric or narrative poem. [O. Fr. lai, from Celt.; cf. Gael. laoidh, a hymn.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  89. l[=a], LAIC, -AL, l[=a]'ik, -al, adjs. pertaining to the people: not clerical: unprofessional: (cards) not trumps.--v.t. L[=A]'ICISE, to deprive of a clerical character.--ns. L[=A]'ITY, the people as distinguished from any particular profession, esp. the clerical; LAY'-BAP'TISM, baptism administered by a layman; LAY'-BROTH'ER, a layman: a man under vows of celibacy and obedience, who serves a monastery, but is exempt from the studies and religious services required of the monks; LAY'-COMMUN'ION, the state of being in the communion of the church as a layman; LAY'-IMPR[=O]'PRIATOR, an impropriator who is a layman (see IMPROPRIATOR); LAY'-LORD, a civil lord of the Admiralty; LAY'MAN, one of the laity: a non-professional man; LAY'-READ'ER, in the Anglican Church, a layman who receives authority to read the lessons or a part of the service, and who may in certain cases preach or read the sermons of others. [O. Fr. lai--L. laicus--Gr. laikos--laos, the people.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  90. Short lyric or narrative poem meant to be sung; (loosely) song, poem, song of birds. [old High German] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  91. Non-clerical, not in orders; of, done by, layman or laity; non-professional, not expert, (esp. w. ref. to law or medicine); (Cards) other than trump (l. suit, card); l. brother, sister, person who has taken habit& vows of religious order but is employed in manual labour& excused other duties; l. clerk, singing man in cathedral or collegiate church, parish clerk; l. communion, membership of church as layman, also communicating of laity in eucharist; l. deacon, man in deacon\'s orders but also following secular employment; l. lord, peer who is not LAW-lord; layman, one of the laity, non expert in regard to some profession, art, or science (esp. law or medicine); l. reader, layman licensed to conduct religious services. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  92. (laid), & n. Prostrate (l. low, bring down, humble); (of wind or rain) beat down (crops); cause (sea, wind, dust, misgivings, ghost) to subside. Deposit; place in recumbent posture (l. to sleep or rest, lit., & fig. =bury; l. one\'s bones, be buried in specified place); (of hen) produce (egg, or abs.); put down (amount, one\'s head or life, &c.) as wager, stake, (abs.) announce readiness to bet (that-). Place, set, apply, (l. to HEART; l. heads together, confer; laid a spark to the train; l hounds on scent; l. hold on or of, seize, grasp, & fig. make capital of opponent\'s weak point &c.; l. one\'s hopes on; l. great store upon, value highly; l. snare, trap, ambush; l. wait; l. siege to, besiege, importune); locate (scene; scene of tale is laid in London); put (limb &c.) in certain position (horse laid his ears back; l. hands on, seize, appropriate, also do violence to, esp. oneself =commit suicide, also find, as cannot l. my hands upon it, also confirm or ordain by imposition of hands); aim (cannon); (with compl.) put into specified state (l. land fallow, under water; l. person under obligation, oblige him, under necessity, compel him, under contribution, make him contribute; l. bare, denude, reveal; l. waste, ravage; l. open, reveal, explain, also break skin of; l. fast, by the heels, confine or imprison; l. aboard). Present, put forward, (esp. claim to something; l. an information, bring indictment in legal form), place (facts, question) for consideration before person; (of suitor) fix (damages) at certain sum; (archaic) impute (fault) to person or (mod.) to his charge, at or to his door; represent (evil) as consequent on some cause. Impose (penalty, command, obligation, burden, tax), cast (blame), (up)on (l. stress, weight, emphasis, on, emphasize, treat as important); bring (stick &c.) down on (also l. blows or it on adv.; & abs. l. into slang, be labour, l. about one, hit out on all sides). Dispose, arrange, esp. horizontally (foundation, floor, bricks, submarine cable; l. table, cloth, or breakfast &c., prepare table for meal; l. the fire, put fuel ready for lighting); make (strand, rope) by twisting yarn or strands; fix outlines of, devise, (plan, plot; l, one\'s ACCOUNT); put (colour &c.) on a surface in layers; cover, coat, Strew, (surface) with carpet, metal, straw, & c, (Vulg., also Naut.) =LIE. Latin aside or by, put away, cease to use or practice or think of abandon, save (money &c.) for future needs; l. down put on the ground &c. (l.d. one\'s arms. Surrender), relinuinsh (office, hopes), pay or wager (money), sacrifice (one\'s life), (begin to) construct (ship, railway), formulate (rule, principle, course;\' l. d. the LAW1) set down (chart& c) on paper, convert (land) into pasture (in to, under, with, grass, clover, &c.) store (wine) in cellar; l. in. provide oneself with stock of; l. on. Impose (tax, command, penalty), deal blows, innict (blows), ply (lash &c.) apply coat of (paint &c.; l. it on thick or with a trowel, use obvious flattery), put (hounds) on sent, provide pipes &c. supplying (gas, water, electricity); l. out, spread, expose to view &c., prepapre (body) for burial, (slang) kill expend (money), (refl.) take pains to do, dispose (grounds, graden) according to a plan; l. up, store, put bym save (money, or abs.) (pass.) be confined to bed or house, (N,) line of business, job, pursuit, (slang); direction or amount of twist on rope-strands; way, position, or direction, in which something (esp. country) lies, lie[old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  93. Foreign Secretary &c. will l. papers (i.e. on the table, to give information to H. of Commons). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  94. n. [German] A row; a stratum; a layer;— a wager; a bet;— a venture; an undertaking. Cabinet Dictionary
  95. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A song;— a species of narrative poetry among the ancient minstrels. Cabinet Dictionary
  96. n. A swinging frame in a loom, by which the weft-threads are laid parallel to each other against the cloth previously woven. Cabinet Dictionary

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