Laying is the skill of making equipment level. It usually involves moving equipment in small motions so that spirit levels are centralised in all planes. Movement is usually done by small worm gears or other fine setting devices for accurate small movements, together with other more coarse gears to allow large swings in motion for quick movement between different settings.

Equipment that requires laying before it is can be used accurately includes:

  • theodolites
  • guns and howitzers in the indirect fire mode

Other articles related to "laying":

Brummer Class Cruiser
... Brummer class consisted of two light mine-laying cruisers built for the Imperial German Navy in World War I SMS Brummer and SMS Bremse ... broke out, the Germans had only two older mine-laying cruisers ... Although most German cruisers were fitted for mine-laying, a need for fast specialized ships existed ...
Pipe-laying Ship
... dynamic positioning systems or anchor spreads to maintain the correct position and speed while laying pipe ... term "pipelaying vessel" or "pipelayer" refers to all vessels capable of laying pipe on the ocean floor ... These vessels are capable of laying pipe on the ocean floor in addition to their primary job ...
Solitaire (ship)
... time of construction the world's largest pipe-laying ship in the world at 300 metres (984 ft) long (excluding pipe-laying apparatus) and 96,000 tonnes (94,000 long tons 106,000 short tons) ... at their shipyard in Hiroshima, Japan, and later converted to a pipe-laying vessel between 1996 and 1998 at Swan Hunter Shipyard on Tyneside in England ...
Lohmann Brown
... The Lohmann Brown is an egg-laying chicken ... They lay at about 18 weeks, laying about 1 egg per day and laying up to 300 eggs a year ... which is when you buy chickens just before they start laying ...
SMS Regensburg - Service History
... On 17–18 May, Regensburg took part in a mine-laying operation in the area of the Dogger Bank ... On 11–12 May, Regensburg participated in another mine-laying operation, this time off Texel ... In early 1916, she continued supporting mine-laying operations and reconnaissance sweeps into the North Sea ...

Famous quotes containing the word laying:

    Silence is the general consecration of the universe. Silence is the invisible laying on of the Divine Pontiff’s hands upon the world. Silence is at once the most harmless and the most awful thing in all nature. It speaks of the Reserved Forces of Fate. Silence is the only Voice of our God.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    So, laying his cheek against the dresser’s wooden one,
    He died making up stories, the ones
    Not every child wanted to listen to.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    Whenever any form of government shall become destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, & to institute new government, laying it’s foundation on such principles & organising it’s powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)