lay down


  • Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep 094
    Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep 094
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lay down institute, enact, or establish "make laws"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

She lay down on the bed of the Little, Small, Wee Bear She lay down on the bed of the Little, Small, Wee Bear

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When ants find food, they lay down a chemical trail, called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.
    • Lay down to give up: to deposit, as a pledge: to apply, as embroidery: to delineate, describe: to affirm, assert:
    • Lay down (rare) to store for future use
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  • Jon English
    Jon English
    “You can lay down and die, or you can get up and fight, but that's it -- there's no turning back.”
  • John Milton
    “How gladly would I meet mortality, my sentence, and be earth in sensible! how glad would lay me down, as in my mother's lap! There I should rest, and sleep secure.”
  • Woody Allen
    “The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won't get much sleep..”
  • Bible
    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [Jhn 15:13]”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people; we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.”


Lay down the law - If someone lays down the law, they tell people what to do and are authoritarian.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lay is the causal to lie, from A.S. lecgan; Ice. leggja, Ger. legen.


In literature:

After supper was over, and we had dried our clothes, wet through and through by the spray, we lay down to sleep under the rock.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Small fires only were formed, around which we lay down to sleep.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
We ourselves were glad to get some rest, and lay down in the shade to wait until evening, when we proposed building the raft.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
We all went below and lay down, hoping to get a little sleep and rest before it was time to start.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
After dat us went off to lay down fer de night.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Ready was soon dressed, for he had only taken off his jacket when he lay down.
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
I lay down, and I did not wake till she called me and told me that dinner was ready.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
When finally Tim lay down his paddle and rested they were charmed.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
He lay down on the ice to laugh, and rolled about as if he had the bowel-twist.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
Here we lay down, awaiting developments.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
After walking a long time and meeting nothing he became tired, and lay down on a knoll where the sun had melted the snow.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
It lay down to sleep on the bare floor; she lay on the bench.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Here he lay down a second time and within five minutes had fallen into a deep sleep.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
On the fifth night I undressed and lay down as usual.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
When we reached the sea-shore, we all ran and lay down among the waves.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
Overcome with fatigue, he lay down to rest a little, and, as was very natural, fell fast asleep.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Meanwhile, with little catching sobs, which he struggled to repress, the boy lay down in his crib.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
When he gave us rest she was clean out of sight, and we lay down in the bushes and loafed for a while.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
After dinner was over the old woman lay down on the bed.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle

In poetry:

And the winds woke, and the storm broke,
And wrecks came plunging in;
None in the town that night lay down
Or sleep or rest to win.
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
They lay the slender body down
With all its wealth of wetted hair,
Only a daughter of the town,
But very young and slight and fair.
"Story Of Lilavanti" by Laurence Hope
Bring flowers when her soul has fled,
And place them on her breast,
Tho' ere their blooming freshness fade
We lay her down to rest.
"Flowers" by William James Jones
Our path lay through the sunny fields,
In gentle ups and downs;
Dear heart! I thought, but nature yields
A bliss unmatch'd in towns.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
"The rings that are on your fingers,
Lay them down on a stane,
To let him know, when he does wake,
That's true love's come and gane.
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
O! after all the toils of war,
How blest the brave man lays him down!
His bier is a triumphal car—
His grave is—glory and renown!
"The Muffled Drum" by John Mayne

In news:

Administration Lays Down Rules For Future Health Insurance.
Dirt Dogg has been laying it down for Middle GA for over ten years.
Dan will be laying down another list today.
A Senate Democratic leader lays down a partisan 2013 marker.
Lay the eggplants on the baking sheet, cut side down, and place in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the skin has shriveled and the eggplants are beginning to collapse.
It's time for the Rangers to lay down a Game 6 hammer on the Capitals and put an end to this conference.
Check out his promising debut video that's gone viral, where he lays down some slick verses that have absolutely no meaning.
Gonna Lay Me Down Beside My Memories.
I Lie Down vs Now I Lay Me Down (to Sleep).
A woman lays down a flower during the inaugural ceremony of the memorial to the murdered European Sinti and Roma who were persecuted as ' Gypsies ' in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012.
Laying down the law on hamster disorder.
And lay their money down.
The show was loud and loose as always, with Paul Morabito laying down some fantastic guitar.
Your dog can fetch, lay down and play dead but can it sit .
Laying down the slaw .

In science:

Lay down in random order a row of n cards numbered from 1 to n.
When the law of large numbers fails for increasing subsequences of random permutations
The explicit frequency domain parametrization of the proposed template family makes it easier to adopt the formalism proposed by Owen in laying down the templates using a metric in the parameter space.
A template bank for gravitational waveforms from coalescing binary black holes: non-spinning binaries
Section II lays down some necessary de finitions.
Asymptotic Eigenvalue Moments of Wishart-Type Random Matrix Without Ergodicity in One Channel Realization
Thus one can essentially lay down a new i.i.d. environment at each of these cut-times.
Excited against the tide: A random walk with competing drifts
We count the ways to lay down an ordered pair of 3-star factors in P ∈ Pn,d .
The Asymptotic Distributions of 3-star factors in random d-regular graphs
In the first part we lay down the foundation for defining the joint annihilation–preservation– creation decomposition of a finite family of, not necessarily commutative random variables, and show that this decomposition is essentially unique.
Two dimensional Meixner random vectors of class ${\mathcal M}_L$
The lesson is to police the observer’s evaluation process, laying down some optimal rules for a human observer.
Definability in the Real Universe
Our second contribution is laying down the foundations of a concept that we call Knowledge-Enhanced Compressive Sensing (KECoM) for sub-Nyquist sampling, which we preliminarily explored in with limited numerical experiments.
A Constrained Random Demodulator for Sub-Nyquist Sampling
We try to lay down the foundations of a Newtonian theory where inertia and gravitational fields appear in a unified way aiming to reach a better understanding of the general relativistic theory.
Rigid motions and generalized Newtonian gravitation. Lost in Translation
As we approach the neolithic, the first plant to lay down its life for a noodle was millet (Anonymous 2006m).
Astrophysics in 2006
If you lay the paper down on a table, you can’t stretch it along the direction of the paper (it would tear).
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
This study also lays down the foundations for reheating in inflationary models where the inflaton couples to all the degrees of freedom with the Standard Model gauge couplings.
Non-perturbative production of matter and rapid thermalization after MSSM inflation
In Section 2 we lay down some of the necessary foundational material for the theory of 1-skeleta, closely following Guillemin and Zara .
Generalized 1-skeleta and a lifting result
The paper also lays down the geometric foundations for our paper concerning gluing constructions for SL conifolds in Cm .
Special Lagrangian conifolds, I: Moduli spaces (extended version)
More importantly, it lays down the geometric foundations for ; the analytic foundations are provided by .
Special Lagrangian conifolds, I: Moduli spaces (extended version)