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)
14. To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
17. To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone. To place (new type) properly in the cases. To lay asleep, to put sleep; to make unobservant or careless. 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. To save. To discard. "Let brave spirits . . . Not be laid by." (Bacon) To lay by the heels, to put in the stocks. To lay down. To stake as a wager. To yield; to relinquish; to surrender; as, to lay down one's life; to lay down one's arms. To assert or advance, as a proposition or principle. To lay forth. To extend at length; (reflexively) to exert one's self; to expatiate. To lay out (as a corpse). 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. To lay on, to apply with force; to inflict; as, to lay on blows. To lay on load, to lay on blows; to strike violently. To lay one's self out, to strive earnestly. "No selfish man will be concerned to lay out himself for the good of his country." (Smalridge) To lay one's self open to, to expose one's self to, as to an accusation. To lay open, to open; to uncover; to expose; to reveal. To lay over, to spread over; to cover. To lay out. To expend. To display; to discover. To plan in detail; to arrange; as, to lay out a garden. To prepare for burial; as, to lay out a corpse. To exert; as, to lay out all one's strength. To lay siege to. To besiege; to encompass with an army. To beset pertinaciously. To lay the course To check the motion of (a vessel) and cause it to be stationary. To lay to heart, to feel deeply; to consider earnestly. To lay under, to subject to; as, to lay under obligation or restraint. To lay unto. Same as To lay to (above). To put before. To lay up. To store; to reposit for future use. To confine; to disable. To dismantle, and retire from active service, as a ship. To lay wait for, to lie in ambush for. To lay waste, to destroy; to make desolate; as, to lay waste the land.
Origin: OE. Leggen, AS. Lecgan, causative, fr. Licgan to lie; akin to D.leggen, G. Legen, Icel. Leggja, Goth. Lagjan. See Lie to be prostrate.
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, time allowed in a charter party for taking in and discharging cargo. Lay elder. See Elder, 3, note.
Origin: F. Lai, L. Laicus, Gr. Of or from the people, lay, from, people. Cf. Laic.
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. "A viol should have a lay of wire strings below." (Bacon)
2. A wager. "My fortunes against any lay worth naming."
5. A plan; a scheme. Lay figure. A jointed model of the human body that may be put in any attitude; used for showing the disposition of drapery, etc. 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.
(01 Mar 1998)
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