What is lay?

  • (noun): A narrative song with a recurrent refrain.
    Synonyms: ballad
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on lay:

Surface Finish - Lay
... Lay is a measure of the direction of the predominant machining pattern ... A lay pattern is a repetitive impression created on the surface of a part ... The lay may be specified when it has an effect on the function of the part ...
Psychological Evaluation - Further Reading
... Lay summary (28 July 2010) Goldstein, Gerald Beers, Susan, eds ... Lay summary (23 November 2010) Gregory, Robert J ... Lay summary (7 November 2010) Groth-Marnat, Gary (2009) ...
Charles Downing Lay - Early Life and Family Estate
... The son of Oliver Ingraham Lay, a professional painter, and Hester Marian Wait Lay, Charles Downing Lay was born in Newburgh, New York ... At age 7, Lay began spending summers with his grandmother in Stratford, Connecticut ... Lay spent much of his childhood in Stratford fishing, sailing, and swimming and developed a great appreciation for nature ...
Lay - Other Uses
... Lay's, a potato-chip brand name and company Lay confession, a religious confession made to a member of the laity Lay time or lay days, time allowed in a charter for the loading or discharge of a ship ...
Lay It Down (Ratt Song)
... "Lay It Down" is a single by American heavy metal band Ratt ... "Lay It Down" was the first single released to promote their second album, Invasion of Your Privacy ...

More definitions of "lay":

  • (adj): Not of or from a profession.
    Example: "A lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  • (verb): Impose as a duty, burden, or punishment.
    Example: "Lay a responsibility on someone"
  • (verb): Put in a horizontal position.
    Example: "Lay the books on the table"; "lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
    Synonyms: put down, repose
  • (noun): A narrative poem of popular origin.
    Synonyms: ballad
  • (adj): Concerning those not members of the clergy.
    Example: "The lay ministry"
    Synonyms: laic, secular
  • (verb): Prepare or position for action or operation.
    Example: "Lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
  • (verb): Lay eggs.
    Example: "This hen doesn't lay"

Famous quotes containing the word lay:

    Orpheus with his Lute made Trees,
    And the Mountaine tops that freeze,
    Bow themselves when he did sing.
    To his Musicke, Plants and Flowers
    Ever spring; as Sunne and Showres,
    There had been a lasting Spring.
    Every thing that heard him play,
    Even the Billowes of the Sea,
    Hung their heads, and then lay by.
    In sweet Musicke is such Art,
    Killing care, and griefe of heart,
    Fall asleepe, or hearing dye.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    but as an Eagle
    His cloudless thunderbolted on thir heads.
    So vertue giv’n for lost,
    Deprest, and overthrown, as seem’d,
    Like that self-begott’n bird
    In the Arabian woods embost,
    That no second knows nor third,
    And lay e’re while a Holocaust,
    From out her ashie womb now teem’d
    Revives, reflourishes, then vigorous most
    When most unactive deem’d,
    And though her body die, her fame survives,
    A secular bird ages of lives.
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    Now I lay me down to sleep,
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
    If I should die before I wake,
    I pray the Lord my soul to take.
    —Unknown. Now I Lay Me Down to Take My Sleep (l. 1–4)