Definitions of lay

  1. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  2. a narrative poem of popular origin
  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"
  4. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment; " lay a responsibility on someone"
  5. not of or from a profession; " a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  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"
  7. put in a horizontal position; " lay the books on the table"; " lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
  8. lay eggs; of female animals; " This hen doesn't lay"
  9. prepare or position for action or operation; " lay a fire"; " lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
  10. lay eggs; " This hen doesn't lay"
  11. of Lie, v. i.
  12. of Lie, to recline.
  13. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
  14. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant.
  15. Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease.
  16. The laity; the common people.
  17. A meadow. See Lea.
  18. Faith; creed; religious profession.
  19. A law.
  20. An obligation; a vow.
  21. A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad.
  22. A melody; any musical utterance.
  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.
  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.
  25. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
  26. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.
  27. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit.
  28. To cause to lie dead or dying.
  29. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
  30. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
  31. To apply; to put.
  32. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
  33. To impute; to charge; to allege.
  34. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one.
  35. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
  36. To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
  37. To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
  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.
  39. To place and arrange ( pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
  40. To place ( new type) properly in the cases.
  41. To produce and deposit eggs.
  42. To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft.
  43. To lay a wager; to bet.
  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.
  45. A wager.
  46. A job, price, or profit.
  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.
  48. A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea ( a).
  49. The lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3.
  50. A plan; a scheme.
  51. Past tense of the intransitive verb lie.
  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.
  53. To produce eggs.
  54. Relating to the people, as distinguished from the clergy, or members of other professions; as, lay delegates to a church convention.
  55. A simple song or poem.
  56. Laid.
  57. Laying.
  58. Pa. t. of LIE, to lay one's self down.
  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.
  60. To produce eggs:- pr. p. laying; pa. t. and pa. p. laid.
  61. A song: a lyric or narrative poem.
  62. Pertaining to the laity.
  63. To place, or cause, to lie down; to calm; wager; produce eggs.
  64. To place; deposit; impose; attribute or ascribe; impute; present.
  65. To make ready, as a table for a meal.
  66. To drop ( an egg), as a fowl.
  67. To drop eggs, as fowls.
  68. Imp. of LIE, v.
  69. Laic.
  70. The manner in which something lies or is placed; a line of work; a layer; a bet.
  71. A song; ballad.
  72. Pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; not clerical; unprofessional.
  73. That which is laid; a layer; the direction in which the strands of a rope are twisted; share of profit.
  74. A meadow; a lea.
  75. A narrative poem.
  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.
  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.
  78. of Lie
  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.
  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.
  81. That which lies or is laid; a stratum; a layer.
  82. Not- clerical; pert. to the people as distinguished from the clergy.
  83. A song; a poem in a simple style; a metrical tale.
  84. The old spelling of lea, which see.
  85. Land under grass; grass or meadow- land.
  86. Did lie.

Quotes of lay

  1. They built these little tanning booths for Brooke and I to do nothing but lay down and tan all over. – Christopher Atkins
  2. They tend to lay dormant for a while but often come back, and then the cheques come in! – Thayer David
  3. Would I lay down my life to save my brother? No, but I would to save two brothers or eight cousins. – John B. S. Haldane
  4. The cool wind blew in my face and all at once I felt as if I had shed dullness from myself. Before me lay a long gray line with a black mark down the center. The birds were singing. It was spring. – Burl Ives
  5. What I think we can do is help individuals understand the church teaching, but also maybe help the church understand the viewpoint of lay men and women about what they want in regard to priests, or how do they want the hierarchy to deal with them? – William P. Leahy
  6. I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree. – Georgia O'Keeffe
  7. The electronic media introduced this idea to the larger audience very, very quickly. We spent years and years and years meeting with activists all over Europe to lay the groundwork for a political response, as we did here. – Jeremy Rifkin
  8. So It's not like I go from being this disciplined person who has to get up and go to work to now I just lay around all day in my underwear eating Cheerios. I have this structure. I still have to do this and the difference is I'm doing this for me and my company. – Eriq La Salle
  9. We shall see our friends again. We can lay them in the grave; we know they are safe with God. – Matthew Simpson
  10. We all sit in front of our mics and our scripts lay on music stands. Then the silliness begins! – Tara Strong
  11. A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. – Henry David Thoreau
  12. The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. – Lao Tzu
  13. Our soldiers have done a valiant effort in fighting terrorism and bringing a semblance of law and order to the chaos in the region and it would be shortsighted to lay out a specific timetable to bring U. S. troops home prematurely before their mission is accomplished. – James T. Walsh
  14. I wander around, get the lay of the land and try to imagine what kind of people would have lived there in that historical period. What would they eat? What kind of clothing would they wear? How did they shelter themselves? How did they get around? – James Welch
  15. Some things must be good in themselves, else there could be no measure whereby to lay out good and evil. – Benjamin Whichcote

Usage examples for lay

  1. Axel cannot move a hand to point, only tell where it lay before, but 'tis not there now. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  2. Does he lay them on the table? – Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney
  3. How many more lay behind the hill, nobody of course could tell. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  4. She lay in bed. – Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
  5. All right; here's the lay out. – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  6. You lay your life, sir, said Hinge, I'll find her. – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  7. He went into the back room and lay down with the children. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. If you lay a little thing like that up against me, where would the rest of the men get off? – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  9. Before them lay the town. – Bertha Garlan by Arthur Schnitzler
  10. He lay perfectly still. – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  11. Her hand lay in his while he said it. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  12. There lay the difference between him and the other men. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  13. But you can lay to it that Sinclair won't talk. – The Rangeland Avenger by Max Brand
  14. That way danger lay – Alias The Lone Wolf by Louis Joseph Vance
  15. What followed lay as far off as the end of the world. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  16. Yes, I'll die easy, even though Lovedy ain't with me, even though I'll never lay my eyes on my Lovedy again. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  17. Mrs. Morgan stepped to the door, and looked into the room where her husband lay – Ten Nights in a Bar Room by T. S. Arthur
  18. I have power to lay it down and power to take it again. – Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon
  19. All day he lay there. – The Treasure of the Incas by G. A. Henty
  20. And as he lay there a new thought came to him. – The Flag by Homer Greene

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