From (etyl) layen, leggen, from (etyl) .
(label) To place down in a position of rest, or in a horizontal position.
- to lay''' a book on the table; to '''lay a body in the grave
* Bible, (w) vi. 17
- A shower of rain lays the dust.
* 1735 , author unknown, The New-England Primer'', as reported by Fred R. Shapiro in ''The Yale Book of Quotations (2006), Yale University Press, pages 549–550:
- A stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den.
- Now I lay me down to sleep, / I pray the Lord my Soul to keep. / If I should die before I ’wake, / I pray the Lord my Soul to take.
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*:An indulgent playmate, Grannie would lay aside the long scratchy-looking letter she was writing (heavily crossed ‘to save notepaper’) and enter into the delightful pastime of ‘a chicken from Mr Whiteley's’.
:: A corresponding intransitive version of this word is .
To cause to subside or abate.
* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.viii:
* 1662 , , Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two World Systems , Dialogue 2:
- The cloudes, as things affrayd, before him flye; / But all so soone as his outrageous powre / Is layd , they fiercely then begin to shoure
(label) To prepare (a plan, project etc.); to set out, establish (a law, principle).
* 2006 , (Clive James), North Face of Soho , Picador 2007, p. 48:
- But how upon the winds being laid , doth the ship cease to move?
(label) To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another.
- Even when I lay a long plan, it is never in the expectation that I will live to see it fulfilled.
(label) To produce and deposit an egg.
(label) To bet (that something is or is not the case).
- lay''' brick; '''lay flooring
(label) To deposit (a stake) as a wager; to stake; to risk.
* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
- I'll lay that he doesn't turn up on Monday.
To have sex with.
* 1944 , (Raymond Chandler), The Lady in the Lake , Penguin 2011, p. 11:
- I dare lay mine honour / He will remain so.
(label) To take a position; to come or go.
- ‘It's because he's a no-good son of a bitch who thinks it is smart to lay his friends' wives and brag about it.’
(label) To state; to allege.
- to lay''' forward; to '''lay aloft
- to lay the venue
(label) To point; to aim.
(label) To put the strands of (a rope, a cable, etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them.
- to lay a gun
(label) To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
(label) To place (new type) properly in the cases.
To apply; to put.
* Bible, (w) xxxi. 19
- to lay a cable or rope
To impose (a burden, punishment, command, tax, etc.).
- She layeth her hands to the spindle.
* Bible, (w) liii. 6
- to lay a tax on land
To impute; to charge; to allege.
* Bible, (w) xxiv. 12
- The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
- God layeth not folly to them.
To present or offer.
- Lay the fault on us.
- to lay''' an indictment in a particular county; to '''lay a scheme before one
* lay a finger on
* lay a foundation
* lay an egg
* lay about
* lay away
* lay bare
* lay-by/lay by
* lay claim
* lay down
* lay hands on
* laying on of hands
* lay into
* lay low
* lay on the line
* lay on the table
* lay out
* lay siege
* lay the groundwork
* lay to rest
* lay up
* lay waste
* get laid
From the verb.
Arrangement or relationship; layout.
A share of the profits in a business.
* 1851 ,
- the lay of the land
The direction a rope is twisted.
- I was already aware that in the whaling business they paid no wages; but all hands, including the captain, received certain shares of the profits called lays', and that these ' lays were proportioned to the degree of importance pertaining to the respective duties of the ship’s company.
(colloquial) A casual sexual partner.
* 1996 , JoAnn Ross, Southern Comforts , MIRA (1996), ISBN 9780778315254,
- Worm and parcel with the lay ; turn and serve the other way.
* 2000 , R. J. Kaiser, Fruitcake , MIRA (2000), ISBN 1551666251,
- Over the years she'd tried to tell himself that his uptown girl was just another lay .
* 2011 , Kelly Meding, Trance , Pocket Books (2011), ISBN 9781451620924,
- To find a place like that and be discreet about it, Jones figured he needed help, so he went to see his favorite lay , Juan Carillo's woman, Carmen.
- “Because I don't want William to be just another lay . I did the slut thing, T, and it got me into a lot of trouble years ago.
(colloquial) An act of sexual intercourse.
* 1993 , David Halberstam, The Fifties , Open Road Integrated Media (2012), ISBN 9781453286074,
- What was I, just another lay you can toss aside as you go on to your next conquest?
* 2009 , Fern Michaels, The Scoop , Kensington Books (2009), ISBN 9780758227188,
- Listening to this dismissal of his work, [Tennessee] Williams thought to himself of Wilder, “This character has never had a good lay .”
* 2011 , Pamela Yaye, Promises We Make , Kimani Press (2011), ISBN 9780373861996,
- She didn't become this germ freak until Thomas died. I wonder if she just needs a good lay , you know, an all-nighter?" Toots said thoughtfully.
(slang, archaic) A plan; a scheme.
- “What she needs is a good lay . If she had someone to rock her world on a regular basis, she wouldn't be such a raging bit—”
- (Charles Dickens)
* (casual sexual partner) see also .
* lay of the land
From (etyl) laie, lawe, from (etyl) .
Non-professional; not being a member of an organized institution.
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Not belonging to the clergy, but associated with them.
- They seemed more lay than clerical.
(obsolete) Not educated or cultivated; ignorant.
- a lay''' preacher; a '''lay brother
: See lie
(lie) when pertaining to position.
(proscribed) To be in a horizontal position; to lie (from confusion with lie).
* 1969' July, Bob Dylan, “'''Lay''' Lady '''Lay ”, ''Nashville Skyline , Columbia:
- The baby lay in its crib and slept silently.
* a.'' 1970 , Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, “The Boxer”, ''Bridge over Troubled Water , Columbia Records:
- Lay', lady, '''lay'''. / ' Lay across my big brass bed.
* 1974 , John Denver, “Annie’s Song”, Back Home Again , RCA:
- Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters / Where the ragged people go
- Let me lay down beside you. / Let me always be with you.
From (etyl) lay, from (etyl) . See lake.
A ballad or sung poem; a short poem or narrative, usually intended to be sung.
- 1805' ''The '''Lay of the Last Minstrel , Sir Walter Scott.
(obsolete) A meadow; a lea.
(obsolete) A law.
(obsolete) An obligation; a vow.
- many goodly lays
- They bound themselves by a sacred lay and oath.
To don (put on) (tefillin (gloss)).
(archaic) Of or pertaining to a layman or laity.
- Laical literature.