It argues that all matter can be accounted for through natural phenomena, and goes about laying out how stuff works.
The Tennessee Republican Party is laying out the welcome mat.
Even Bill Kristol has complained that Romney is on “autopilot” and is not laying out a serious and clear vision.
Indeed, not even the president has come even close to laying out his vision in anywhere near the detail that Ryan has.
Congress is usually about laying out your positions and splitting the difference.
If I didn't give him a laying out then my name isn't Mike Flynn.
For him, tradition reigned, and law was ever laying out the way.
Subsequently he went to Syria, where he remained some years, laying out a carriage road from Beyrout to Damascus.
At a nod from Mrs. Effie I directed the laying out of these.
While we were laying out the corpse, we heard the look-out sentry halting some one.
Old English lecgan "to place on the ground (or other surface)," also "put down (often by striking)," from Proto-Germanic *lagjanan (cf. Old Saxon leggian, Old Norse leggja, Old Frisian ledza, Middle Dutch legghan, Dutch leggen, Old High German lecken, German legen, Gothic lagjan "to lay, put, place"), causative of lie (v.2). As a noun, from 1550s, "act of laying." Meaning "way in which something is laid" (e.g. lay of the land) first recorded 1819.
Meaning "have sex with" first recorded 1934, in U.S. slang, probably from sense of "deposit" (which was in Old English, as in lay an egg, lay a bet, etc.), perhaps reinforced by to lie with, a phrase frequently met in the Bible. The noun meaning "woman available for sexual intercourse" is attested from 1930, but there are suggestions of it in stage puns from as far back as 1767. To lay for (someone) "await a chance at revenge" is from late 15c.; lay low "stay inconspicuous" is from 1839. To lay (someone) low preserves the secondary Old English sense.
"uneducated; non-clerical," early 14c., from Old French lai "secular, not of the clergy" (Modern French laïque), from Late Latin laicus, from Greek laikos "of the people," from laos "people," of unknown origin. In Middle English, contrasted with learned, a sense revived 1810 for "non-expert."
"short song," mid-13c., from Old French lai "song, lyric," of unknown origin, perhaps from Celtic (cf. Irish laid "song, poem," Gaelic laoidh "poem, verse, play") because the earliest verses so called were Arthurian ballads, but OED finds this "out of the question" and prefers a theory which traces it to a Germanic source, cf. Old High German leich "play, melody, song."