Open main menu

Wiktionary β


To lay and to lieEdit

To lay and to lie — a comparison of troublemakers
Term Definition Present participle Simple past Past participle Transitivity
  • To put, to place.
laying laid laid Transitive
  • To be placed horizontally.
  • To be placed or situated.
lying lay lain Intransitive
  • To distort the truth.
lying lied lied Intransitive

--Dan Polansky 16:28, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Possible missing sense: share of profits at sea?Edit

See the Moby Dick citation at stiver: "all hands, including the captain, received certain shares of the profits called lays [] And though the 275th lay was what they call a rather long lay, yet it was better than nothing". Equinox 14:39, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

Return to "lay" page.