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Lay (?), imp. of Lie, to recline.
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Lay, a. [F. lai, L. laicus, Gr. &unr_; of or from the people, lay, from &unr_;, &unr_;, people. Cf. Laic.] 1. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
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2. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant. [Obs.]
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3. Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease.
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Lay baptism (Eccl.), baptism administered by a lay person. F. G. Lee. -- Lay brother (R. C. Ch.), one received into a convent of monks under the three vows, but not in holy orders. -- Lay clerk (Eccl.), a layman who leads the responses of the congregation, etc., in the church service. Hook. -- Lay days (Com.), time allowed in a charter party for taking in and discharging cargo. McElrath. -- Lay elder. See 2d Elder, 3, note.
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Lay (?), n. The laity; the common people. [Obs.]
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The learned have no more privilege than the lay. B. Jonson.
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Lay, n. A meadow. See Lea. [Obs.] Dryden.
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Lay, n. [OF. lei faith, law, F. loi law. See Legal.] 1. Faith; creed; religious profession. [Obs.]
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Of the sect to which that he was born
He kept his lay, to which that he was sworn.
Chaucer.
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2. A law. [Obs.]Many goodly lays.” Spenser.
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3. An obligation; a vow. [Obs.]
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They bound themselves by a sacred lay and oath. Holland.
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Lay (?), a. [OF. lai, lais, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. laoi, laoidh, song, poem, OIr. laoidh poem, verse; but cf. also AS. l&ā;c play, sport, G. leich a sort of poem (cf. Lake to sport). &unr_;.] 1. A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad. Spenser. Sir W. Scott.
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2. A melody; any musical utterance.
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The throstle cock made eke his lay. Chaucer.
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Lay (l&ā;), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Laid (l&ā;d); p. pr. & vb. n. Laying.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See Lie to be prostrate.] 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.
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A stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den. Dan. vi. 17.
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Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid. Milton.
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2. 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.
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3. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
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4. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.
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5. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit.
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After a tempest when the winds are laid. Waller.
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6. To cause to lie dead or dying.
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Brave Cæneus laid Ortygius on the plain,
The victor Cæneus was by Turnus slain.
Dryden.
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7. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
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I dare lay mine honor
He will remain so.
Shak.
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8. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
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9. To apply; to put.
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She layeth her hands to the spindle. Prov. xxxi. 19.
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10. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
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The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Is. liii. 6.
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11. To impute; to charge; to allege.
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God layeth not folly to them. Job xxiv. 12.
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Lay the fault on us. Shak.
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12. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one.
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13. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
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14. (Law) To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue. Bouvier.
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15. (Mil.) To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
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16. (Rope Making) 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.
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17. (Print.) (a) To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone. (b) To place (new type) properly in the cases.
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To lay asleep, to put sleep; to make unobservant or careless. Bacon. -- To lay bare, to make bare; to strip.
[1913 Webster]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. (a) To save. (b) To discard.
[1913 Webster]Let brave spirits . . . not be laid by. Bacon.-- To lay by the heels, to put in the stocks. Shak. -- To lay down. (a) To stake as a wager. (b) To yield; to relinquish; to surrender; as, to lay down one's life; to lay down one's arms. (c) To assert or advance, as a proposition or principle. -- To lay forth. (a) To extend at length; (reflexively) to exert one's self; to expatiate. [Obs.] (b) To lay out (as a corpse). [Obs.] Shak. -- 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. Shak. -- To lay it on thick, to flatter excessively. -- 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. [Obs. or Archaic] -- To lay one's self out, to strive earnestly.
[1913 Webster]No selfish man will be concerned to lay out himself for the good of his country. Smalridge.
[1913 Webster]-- 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. (a) To expend. Macaulay. (b)