What does lay mean?

Definitions for lay
leɪlay

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lay.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballad, lay(noun)

    a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

  2. ballad, lay(adj)

    a narrative poem of popular origin

  3. laic, lay, secular(adj)

    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

    "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry"

  4. lay(verb)

    not of or from a profession

    "a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"

  5. put, set, place, pose, position, lay(verb)

    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"

  6. lay, put down, repose(verb)

    put in a horizontal position

    "lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"

  7. lay(verb)

    prepare or position for action or operation

    "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"

  8. lay(verb)

    lay eggs

    "This hen doesn't lay"

  9. lay(verb)

    impose as a duty, burden, or punishment

    "lay a responsibility on someone"

Wiktionary

  1. lay(Noun)

    Plural form of laywoman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lay

    of Lie, to recline

  2. Lay(adj)

    of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother

  3. Lay(adj)

    not educated or cultivated; ignorant

  4. Lay(adj)

    not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease

  5. Lay(noun)

    the laity; the common people

  6. Lay(noun)

    a meadow. See Lea

  7. Lay(noun)

    faith; creed; religious profession

  8. Lay(noun)

    a law

  9. Lay(noun)

    an obligation; a vow

  10. Lay(adj)

    a song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad

  11. Lay(adj)

    a melody; any musical utterance

  12. Lay(verb)

    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

  13. Lay(verb)

    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

  14. Lay(verb)

    to prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan

  15. Lay(verb)

    to spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint

  16. Lay(verb)

    to cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit

  17. Lay(verb)

    to cause to lie dead or dying

  18. Lay(verb)

    to deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk

  19. Lay(verb)

    to bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs

  20. Lay(verb)

    to apply; to put

  21. Lay(verb)

    to impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land

  22. Lay(verb)

    to impute; to charge; to allege

  23. Lay(verb)

    to impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one

  24. Lay(verb)

    to present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one

  25. Lay(verb)

    to state; to allege; as, to lay the venue

  26. Lay(verb)

    to point; to aim; as, to lay a gun

  27. Lay(verb)

    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

  28. Lay(verb)

    to place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone

  29. Lay(verb)

    to place (new type) properly in the cases

  30. Lay(verb)

    to produce and deposit eggs

  31. Lay(verb)

    to take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft

  32. Lay(verb)

    to lay a wager; to bet

  33. Lay(noun)

    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

  34. Lay(verb)

    a wager

  35. Lay(verb)

    a job, price, or profit

  36. Lay(verb)

    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

  37. Lay(verb)

    a measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea (a)

  38. Lay(verb)

    the lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3

  39. Lay(verb)

    a plan; a scheme

  40. Lay

    of Lie

  41. Origin: [OF. lei faith, law, F. loi law. See Legal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lay

    pa.t. of lie, to lay one's self down.

  2. Lay

    lā, v.t. to cause to lie down: to place or set down: to beat down: to spread on a surface: to conjoin: to spread the proper thing on: to calm: to appease: to wager: to bring forth: to impose: to charge: to present.—v.i. to produce eggs: to wager, bet:—pr.p. lay′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. laid.—n. situation: (Shak.) a bet: a share of profit, esp. in whaling enterprises: (slang) a field or method of operations, esp. of thieves: a measure in thread manufacture, about 800 yards.—ns. Lay′er, that which lays—e.g. a hen, a bricklayer: a bed or stratum: a shoot laid for propagation; Lay′ering, the propagation of plants by layers; Lay′ing, the first coat of plaster: the act or time of laying eggs: the eggs laid; Lay′-out, that which is laid out, a spread, for dining, gaming, &c.; Lay′-stall, a place for laying dung, rubbish, &c.—Lay about one, to deal blows vigorously or on all sides; Lay aside, away, to discard: to put apart for future use; Lay at, to endeavour to strike; Lay bare, to make bare, disclose; Lay before, to submit to, as of plans; Lay by, to keep for future use, to dismiss, to put off; Lay by the heels (see Heel); Lay down, to give up: to deposit, as a pledge: to apply, as embroidery: to delineate, describe: to affirm, assert: (rare) to store for future use; Lay heads together, to consult together, to deliberate; Lay hold of, or on, to seize, apprehend; Lay in, to get in a supply of; Lay into, to chastise thoroughly; Lay it on, to charge exorbitantly, to do anything with profuseness; Lay off, to cast aside: to mark off; Lay on, to apply with force, to strike, to act with vigour; Lay one's self out to, to put forth one's best efforts for anything; Lay on load (Spens.), to belabour; Lay on the table (see Table); Lay open, to make bare, to show, expose; Lay out, to expand, to display: to expend, to plan, to exert: to dress in grave-clothes: to take measures, seek; Lay siege to, to besiege: to importune; Lay the land, to cause the land to disappear below the horizon by sailing away from it; Lay to, to apply with vigour: to bring a ship to rest; Lay to heart (see Heart); Lay under, to subject to; Lay up, to store up, preserve: to confine to one's bed or room for a time: to put a ship in dock after dismantling; Lay upon, to wager upon; Lay wait, to lie in wait, or in ambush; Lay waste, to devastate, to destroy.—Laying on of hands (see Hand).—Laid embroidery, gimped or raised embroidery.—On a lay, on shares, as when a crew is shipped 'on a lay' instead of receiving wages. [Lay is the causal to lie, from A.S. lecgan; Ice. leggja, Ger. legen.]

  3. Lay

    lā, n. a song: a lyric or narrative poem. [O. Fr. lai, from Celt.; cf. Gael. laoidh, a hymn.]

  4. Lay

    lā, Laic, -al, lā′ik, -al, adjs. pertaining to the people: not clerical: unprofessional: (cards) not trumps.—v.t. Lā′icise, to deprive of a clerical character.—ns. Lā′ity, the people as distinguished from any particular profession, esp. the clerical; Lay′-bap′tism, baptism administered by a layman; Lay′-broth′er, a layman: a man under vows of celibacy and obedience, who serves a monastery, but is exempt from the studies and religious services required of the monks; Lay′-commun′ion, the state of being in the communion of the church as a layman; Lay′-imprō′priator, an impropriator who is a layman (see Impropriator); Lay′-lord, a civil lord of the Admiralty; Lay′man, one of the laity: a non-professional man; Lay′-read′er, in the Anglican Church, a layman who receives authority to read the lessons or a part of the service, and who may in certain cases preach or read the sermons of others. [O. Fr. lai—L. laicus—Gr. laikoslaos, the people.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. lay

    1. Direct or adjust the aim of a weapon. 2. Setting of a weapon for a given range, a given direction, or both. 3. To drop one or more aerial bombs or aerial mines onto the surface from an aircraft. 4. To spread a smoke screen on the ground from an aircraft. 5. To calculate or project a course. 6. To lay on: a. to execute a bomber strike; b. to set up a mission.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lay

    The order to desist rowing, without laying the oars in.--Lay out on your oars! is the order to give way, or pull with greater force.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. lay

    To quit; to surrender the use of; as, lay down one’s arms. To lay for, is to attempt something by ambuscade.

  2. lay

    To point or aim; as, to lay a gun. See Pointing.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lay' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1065

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lay' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2221

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lay' in Verbs Frequency: #222

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How to say lay in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of lay in a Sentence

  1. Robert Byrne:

    Love will find a lay.

  2. Angel Santiago:

    We lay there for hours.

  3. Donald Tusk:

    This is the last call to lay the cards on the table.

  4. Assyrian Proverb:

    If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs.

  5. The Omani shed:

    Lay aside dreams of greatness and embrace dreams of dependency

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