• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lain p. p. of Lie v. i.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lain Past participle of lie.
    • n lain A layer. Harrison, Descrip. of England, p. 187.
    • n lain Plow-land lying at the foot of the downs.
    • n lain Denial; concealment.
    • lain To deny; conceal.
    • lain To use concealment; speak falsely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.p Lain of Lie, to rest.
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  • Horace
    “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”


In literature:

The Toy Soldier had not lain long on the sidewalk when Harold passed by and picked him up.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
And then in grim, mutual contempt they had crept into bed and lain as far apart as they could.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
One-eye had lain down close to the dead body of the cougar, as if watching him for any returning signs of life.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
To his inflamed fancy she seemed to have lain in his arms all his life, all her life.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
As they hastened on, Bucks looked to the spot where the engine had lain the night before.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
The vast body had vanished as the destroyer shot like one of her own projectiles over the spot where the beast had lain.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
And that man had lain himself down to die.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
The small hand had lain on his arm without the faintest movement.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
It had lain there for years, trampled down beneath their feet.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
She had lain awake one long morning striving to answer the question for herself.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

That he had come and they'd been stayed,
'Twas but the chance of war:
Another chance, and they'd sat here,
And he had lain afar.
"The Casterbridge Captains" by Thomas Hardy
Yet I have lain through the night
Shuddering, open-eyed,
Straining my aching sight
To see what leant at my side,
Angel or sullen sprite.
"Courage" by Arthur Christopher Benson
She should have lain among the hills,
In some old churchyard, where each sound
Is of the wind, the tinkling rills,
And cry of lonely things around;
"Dead Flowers" by Alexander Anderson
They who have feared the night and lain
Mumbling themselves to peace
Sleep a light sleep lest they forget the strain
That brings them their release.
"Light Sleep" by Hazel Hall
She steps to the chest where the hood has lain,
And seeks it with swelling heart;
She guides her hand to its place apart,—
But never a thread did remain.
"Ingerid Sletten" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Eagle, Tyrolean eagle,
Why are thy plumes so red?
"My plumage hath been dyed
In blood my foes supplied;
Oft on my breast hath lain
That deeply purple stain."
"The Red Tyrolean Eagle" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

This participatory video training workshop took place in Laine refugee camp, Guinea.
Skylar Laine's days of mud-hogging in Brandon, Miss.
Seven-year-old Tyler Laine of Martinez runs the shallows of Folsom Lake on Monday as his mother, Rachelle Woolley, and grandmother Dana Chavez of Sacramento relax nearby.
If Season 11?s rocking country girl Skylar Laine wants to make it country, baby, it's okay.
According to Crystal Lain, 27, this is what fuels the American Dream.
Kristian Bright of Zimmerman drives to score against Adam Laine of Cloquet.
Joyce Lain Kennedy Career Q & A. I've taken several jobs I didn't like because my family needs my paycheck.
American Idol '80s Night: Gwen Stefani mentors, Skylar Laine soars (+video).
Armed with Bette Midler's power ballad, Skylar Laine makes an impressive comeback.
This pottery by Rachail Laine will be available at the Village Potters Guild's Holiday Sale.
Whitt with the Franklin Police Department told officers arrested David Laine Stith on charges of rape of a child under 13, sodomy of a child under 13, taking indecent liberties with a child, abduction and possession of cocaine.
Skylar Laine Sings QUEEN and ALDEAN on Idol.
IDOL's Skylar Laine Sings Kellie Pickler.
Elizabeth Laine takes over for the retiring Tassie Wahl as the school system 's supervisor of instruction.
All three 'American Idol' judges agreed that 18-year-old Skylar Laine got off to a rough start singing ' Shameless ' by Billy Joel (later recorded and made popular by Garth Brooks).

In science:

The central difficulty has lain in the lack of a sample of a large nu mber of supernovae from a well-understood and homogeneous search of the sky.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
In Sect. 5, we propose a mechanism to explain the quasar activity of HE0450−2958, even in the absence of a host galaxy, based on the accretion of cold gas filaments as inferred to exp lain the bulk of star formation in galaxies by Dekel et al. (2009).
Quasar induced galaxy formation: a new paradigm ?
Nevertheless, for both st ars we find that the outward-directed Lorentz force is needed to exp lain observations.
The Lorentz force in atmospheres of CP stars: 56 Arietis
Bradley Efron, Trevor Hastie, Lain Johnstone, and Robert Tibshirani.
Random threshold for linear model selection, revisited
The time-delay model alone is insufficient to exp lain the behaviour of [Mn/Fe] versus [Fe/H] in the three systems.
Manganese evolution in Omega Centauri: a clue to the cluster formation mechanisms?