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Definitions of ley

  1. To lay; to wager.
  2. Law.
  3. See Lye.
  4. Fallow; unseeded.
  5. Same as LEA.
  6. A lea; a lye, which see.
  7. A different spelling of lye, which see.
  8. Another spelling of lea or lee, pastureland.
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Usage examples for ley

  1. Roger, sympathizing with the stress of his comrade's reflections, gazed at the stars and softly whistled a few bars of an air popular in the North: " O, do ye ken Elsie Marley, honey- The wife that sells the barley, honey? – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  2. In an age when wool was our great export, flock keeping was naturally a most important calling, and the ley, or meadow land, would be quickly taken up and associated with human activity. – The Romance of Names by Ernest Weekley
  3. Was that Marley Bullock? – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  4. First he rubs the patient all over with an ointment, made of hog's lard and maple- sugar and ashes, from the maple- tree; and he gives him a hot draught of maple- sugar and ley, which throws him into a violent perspiration. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  5. Make him a ley of alder ashes, wash his head with this cold, it will soon be well with him, and let the man get bled every month when the moon is five and fifteen and twenty nights old. – The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  6. Wichehalse's servants also killed another of Monmouth's men, and his body was impaled on a gate near Ley. – Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts by Rosalind Northcote
  7. Melt the composition three times, and pour them out in ley. – One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed by C. A. Bogardus
  8. Happily Sir John Marley, the English Commander, who was likewise Mayor of the Town, was more than a match for the canny Scot. – A Book of Quaker Saints by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  9. Et auxy, Sir, nous sumus obliges de conustre lour ley de saint eglise: et semblablement ils sont obliges de conustre nostre ley. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  10. Bell then washed out the closet with strong ley, and in a short time no vestige remained of the malicious trick that Uncle Joe had played off upon us. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  11. See Numbers 1: 47- 53. Ley: Water which has percolated through ashes, earth, or other substances, dissolving and imbibing a part of their contents. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  12. Salt and water, or a ley of wood ashes, poured into worm- holes on a gravel walk, will effectually destroy them. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  13. And we knew that it was a foul thing for some quarrymen to say that night after night they had been digging a new cellar at Ley Manor to hold the little marks of respect found in the caverns at high- water weed. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  14. We ley that to them 'at kens what they hae to be thankfu' for. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  15. O Mr. Grid- ley- I can't- I can't- tell you or- any- body- what 's the mat- mat- matter. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. " Ye dinna think I wad ley ye, laird! – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  17. Michael Ley is back in the village, an' he swears to shoot you if he can come across you. – The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki
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