laying on


  • "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
    "His grandfather lay gagged and bound on the floor."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laying on the act of contacting something with your hand "peonies can be blighted by the laying on of a finger"
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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
Twas noon-tide on a summer day, and in a hammock bruin lay Twas noon-tide on a summer day, and in a hammock bruin lay


  • H. L. Mencken
    “I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
    “A man is never drunk if he can lay on the floor without holding on.”
  • Adam Smith
    “Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The weariest and most loathed worldly life, that age, ache, penury and imprisonment can lay on nature is a paradise, to what we fear of death.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.”


Lay a glove on - If you lay a glove on someone, you strike a blow against them in an argument, dispute, etc. (Mostly used in the negative)
Lay it on thick - If someone lays it on thick, they make an emotion or experience seem more important or serious than it really is.
Lay on the table - This phrase occurs in the official records of meetings or deliberations of various government bodies. If a proposal or motion is laid on the table, it is essentially a euphemism, meaning that "nothing further will be done in this matter" or "we are not going to do anything about this" or "we refuse the petition".


In literature:

At this time, too, snow lay on it, and had banked up against the walls.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
It lay on his own quite limply.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Admiral Franklin lay on his deathbed.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Foam lay on his lips and flew from his mouth.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
On his palm lay a coin-shaped medallion, bone-white but possessing an odd luster which bone would not normally show.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
My stick lay on the floor, where I had dropped it the morning before, and, alack!
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
The boat in which they had landed lay on the water with its bow on the beach beside them.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
He were a ghastly sight to look on as he lay on his bed; and I'd little hope for him, for he'd been a heavy drinker.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
His new box of paints, a cracked T-square, and some india-rubber also lay on the table.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Still the ship lay helpless on the foaming water.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Around the Black Rocks, on their left,
The marsh lay broad and green;
And on their right, with dwarf shrubs crowned,
Plum Island's hills were seen.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The apostle sprang, all flushed, to his feet,--
The vision had passed away;
The light still lay on the dewy plain,
But the sky in the east was gray.
"The Vision Of St. Peter" by John Hay
Still on we went, as the west wind drove,
On, on, o'er the pathless tide;
And I lay in a sleep, 'twixt life and death,
And the child was at my side.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
After, a woman found him, and his head
Lay on her breast, till he forgot his pain
In gentle kisses on a midnight bed,
And welcomed royal-winged joy again.
"My Friend" by James Elroy Flecker
And even then—that very hour
The wind dropped, and a spell
Was on the ship, was on the sea,
And we lay for weeks, how wearily,
Where the old man's body fell.
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
But on the morrow, when I passed that way,
On Menai shore the hush of heaven lay;
The wind was gentle and the sea a flower
And the sun slumbered on Caernarfon tower.
"Night and Morning" by R S Thomas

In news:

Texas fans file out early after Trey Millard, Oklahoma lay the wood on Longhorns.
Lay flat bread on plate.
Crews lay new pavement on US 93.
The global credit crunch and falling oil prices are taking a toll on the superrich Gulf emirate as developers mothball high-profile projects and lay off workers.
Probably laying on my bed looking out the window.
ST LOUIS (AP) — A coal producer owned by a longtime critic of President Barack Obama's energy policies will lay off nearly 160 workers at Illinois and Utah mines, blaming the freshly re-elected president for a "war on coal.".
PepsiCo (Purchase, N.Y.) announced July 5 that Thomas R Greco , has been promoted to president of PepsiCo Sales, succeeding Al Carey, who was named president and CEO of the company's Frito-Lay North America division on June 26.
Last week Grant Gallicho posted here about a Boston Globe op-ed by Judge Michael Merz, head of the lay-led National Review Board that is supposed to ensure that the bishops follow their own policies on child protection.
Female gypsy moth s lay their eggs on everything including furniture, cars and campers.
They eat fatty foods, lay around for months on end and get high cholesterol.
Laying on any Caribbean beach.
Also loves to lay on his back with his feet in the air.
In a Flagging Economy, Beijing Lays on the Tinsel .
Lay on, Macduff: Zac Crofford (r) manipulates Macbeth in his final showdown.
A panther in the Florida Panther exhibit lays on a perch as a press conference takes place Wednesday at the Naples Zoo to discuss the increasing panther population and panther-human interaction.

In science:

Section 8 contains some results on vanishing of higher Ext-groups; these lay the the groundwork for the definition of skew-purity in Section 9.
Purity and decomposition theorems for staggered sheaves
Among several problems related to the operation of the telegraphic system there was the problem of the determination of the point of current leakage, a difficult task because the c able lay on the bottom of the ocean.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
In the case of crystals cleaving along their crystalline planes, the latter case would in theory allow for just laying the crystals on the substrate and having them be correctly oriented.
Developing a second generation Laue lens prototype: high reflectivity crystals and accurate assembly
The activities to develop a “Global System Science” (GSS) will lay the theoretical foundations for these platforms, while FuturICT’s focus on “socio-inspired ICT” will use the insights gained to identify suitable designs for socially interactive systems.
For these parameters, the section of the disc lays on the lower stable branch.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients