What is lay?

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

Some articles on lay:

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 ...
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 ...
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) ...
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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "lay":

  • (verb): Impose as a duty, burden, or punishment.
    Example: "Lay a responsibility on someone"
  • (adj): Not of or from a profession.
    Example: "A lay opinion as to the cause of the disease"
  • (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): Lay eggs.
    Example: "This hen doesn't lay"
  • (verb): Prepare or position for action or operation.
    Example: "Lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"

Famous quotes containing the word lay:

    He said, truly, that the reason why such greatly superior numbers quailed before him was, as one of his prisoners confessed, because they lacked a cause,—a kind of armor which he and his party never lacked. When the time came, few men were found willing to lay down their lives in defense of what they knew to be wrong; they did not like that this should be their last act in this world.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    When snow like sheep lay in the fold
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932)

    The weariest and most loath├Ęd worldly life,
    That age, ache, penury and imprisonment
    Can lay on nature is a paradise,
    To what we fear of death.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)