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lay
Part of Speech: Noun
Results: 40
1. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
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.
4. A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad.
Part of Speech: imperfect
1. of Lie, to recline.
Part of Speech: noun
1. The laity; the common people.
2. A meadow. See Lea.
3. Faith; creed; religious profession.
4. A law.
5. An obligation; a vow.
6. 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.
Part of Speech: past participle
1. of Lie, v. i.
Part of Speech: verb
1. To produce and deposit eggs.
2. To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft.
3. To lay a wager; to bet.
Part of Speech: verb transitive
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.
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.
3. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
5. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit.
7. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
8. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
9. To apply; to put.
10. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
12. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one.
13. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
14. To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
15. To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
16. 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.
18. To place ( new type) properly in the cases.
19. A wager.
20. A job, price, or profit.
21. 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.
22. A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea ( a).
23. The lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3.
24. A plan; a scheme.
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