• (imp.) of Lie, to recline.
  • (a.) Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.
  • (a.) Not educated or cultivated; ignorant.
  • (a.) Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease.
  • (n.) The laity; the common people.
  • (n.) A meadow. See Lea.
  • (n.) Faith; creed; religious profession.
  • (n.) A law.
  • (n.) An obligation; a vow.
  • (a.) A song; a simple lyrical poem; a ballad.
  • (a.) A melody; any musical utterance.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
  • (v. t.) To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.
  • (v. t.) To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to exorcise, as an evil spirit.
  • (v. t.) To cause to lie dead or dying.
  • (v. t.) To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
  • (v. t.) To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
  • (v. t.) To apply; to put.
  • (v. t.) To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
  • (v. t.) To impute; to charge; to allege.
  • (v. t.) To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on one.
  • (v. t.) To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
  • (v. t.) To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
  • (v. t.) To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
  • (v. t.) To place (new type) properly in the cases.
  • (v. i.) To produce and deposit eggs.
  • (v. i.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft.
  • (v. i.) To lay a wager; to bet.
  • (n.) 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.
  • (v. t.) A wager.
  • (v. t.) A job, price, or profit.
  • (v. t.) 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.
  • (v. t.) A measure of yarn; a lea. See 1st Lea (a).
  • (v. t.) The lathe of a loom. See Lathe, 3.
  • (v. t.) A plan; a scheme.
  • (imp.) of Lie

Compare lay with other words:

lay vs. olay

blay vs. lay

lay vs. loy

laky vs. lay

gay vs. lay

lat vs. lay

cay vs. lay

lax vs. lay

lay vs. ley

lar vs. lay

lac vs. lay

fay vs. lay

lav vs. lay

lay vs. lazy

lag vs. lay

clay vs. lay

bay vs. lay

flay vs. lay

lab vs. lay

lay vs. nay

lay vs. yay

lah vs. lay

lady vs. lay

lad vs. lay

lay vs. way

las vs. lay

lay vs. play

jay vs. lay

lay vs. slay

lay vs. pay

lam vs. lay

law vs. lay

lay vs. ray

lay vs. say

day vs. lay

lay vs. may

lay vs. recline

lay vs. stay

lay vs. lying

lay vs. spawn

content vs. lay

lay vs. sort

lay vs. lye

english vs. lay

lay vs. planching

laical vs. lay

lay vs. lied

lain vs. lay

lay vs. sleep

lay vs. stand

lay vs. superimpose

flathead vs. lay

chap vs. lay

guy vs. lay

girl vs. lay

lay vs. mobile

laic vs. lay

lay vs. phrase

cat vs. lay

andiron vs. lay

implied vs. lay

lay vs. suggest

lay vs. lesson

guilty vs. lay

exhorter vs. lay

diaconal vs. lay

lay vs. oviposit

bricklaying vs. lay

churchwarden vs. lay

hockle vs. lay

enjoin vs. lay

deacon vs. lay

lay vs. pawl

behaviour vs. lay

lay vs. log

lay vs. reside

lay vs. roofer

lay vs. parquet

lay vs. lector

lay vs. repose

lay vs. verger

lay vs. reader

arrogate vs. lay

ballast vs. lay

lay vs. put

lay vs. substrate

lay vs. randy

lay vs. settle

lap vs. lay

embed vs. lay

lay vs. oblate

cull vs. lay

lay vs. layer

lay vs. rap

lay vs. rest

lay vs. place

carpet vs. lay

lay vs. worm

hurricane vs. lay

lathe vs. lay

lay vs. worldly

lay vs. liturgy

lay vs. lig

ball vs. lay

lay vs. underlay

lay vs. overlay

lay vs. mislay

lay vs. make

lay vs. meadow

lay vs. lea

lay vs. position

lay vs. poem

lay vs. layabout

horizontal vs. lay

lay vs. layman

laity vs. lay

clergy vs. lay

lake vs. lay

lay vs. serve

casual vs. lay

lay vs. twist

lay vs. parcel

lay vs. rope

lay vs. layout

lay vs. wager

back vs. lay

establish vs. lay

lay vs. prepare

lay vs. subside

abate vs. lay

hay vs. lay

doggy vs. lay

lay vs. meaning

lay vs. man

chess vs. lay

laid vs. lay

lay vs. lie

cove vs. lay

lay vs. mores

homo vs. lay

lay vs. will