|—vb , lays, laying, laid|
|1.||to put in a low or horizontal position; cause to lie: to lay a cover on a bed|
|2.||to place, put, or be in a particular state or position: he laid his finger on his lips|
|3.||not standard (intr) to be in a horizontal position; lie: he often lays in bed all the morning|
|5.||to place or dispose in the proper position: to lay a carpet|
|6.||to arrange (a table) for eating a meal|
|7.||to prepare (a fire) for lighting by arranging fuel in the grate|
|8.||(also intr) (of birds, esp the domestic hen) to produce (eggs)|
|9.||to present or put forward: he laid his case before the magistrate|
|10.||to impute or attribute: all the blame was laid on him|
|11.||to arrange, devise, or prepare: to lay a trap|
|12.||to place, set, or locate: the scene is laid in London|
|13.||to apply on or as if on a surface: to lay a coat of paint|
|14.||to impose as a penalty or burden: to lay a fine|
|15.||to make (a bet) with (someone): I lay you five to one on Prince|
|16.||to cause to settle: to lay the dust|
|17.||to allay; suppress: to lay a rumour|
|18.||to bring down forcefully: to lay a whip on someone's back|
|19.||slang to have sexual intercourse with|
|20.||slang to bet on (a horse) to lose a race|
|21.||to press down or make smooth: to lay the nap of cloth|
|22.||to cut (small trunks or branches of shrubs or trees) halfway through and bend them diagonally to form a hedge: to lay a hedge|
|23.||to arrange and twist together (strands) in order to form (a rope, cable, etc)|
|24.||military to apply settings of elevation and training to (a weapon) prior to firing|
|26.||another word for inlay|
|27.||dialect, informal or (intr; |
|28.||(intr) nautical to move or go, esp into a specified position or direction: to lay close to the wind|
|29.||nautical lay aboard (formerly) to move alongside a warship to board it|
|30.||lay a course|
|a. nautical to sail on a planned course without tacking|
|b. to plan an action|
|31.||lay bare to reveal or explain: he laid bare his plans|
|32.||lay hands on See hands|
|33.||lay hold of to seize or grasp|
|34.||lay oneself open to make oneself vulnerable (to criticism, attack, etc): by making such a statement he laid himself open to accusations of favouritism|
|35.||lay open to reveal or disclose|
|36.||lay siege to to besiege (a city, etc)|
|37.||the manner or position in which something lies or is placed|
|a. an act of sexual intercourse|
|b. a sexual partner|
|39.||a portion of the catch or the profits from a whaling or fishing expedition|
|40.||the amount or direction of hoist in the strands of a rope|
|usage In careful English, the verb lay is used with an object and lie without one: the soldier laid down his arms; the Queen laid a wreath; the book was lying on the table; he was lying on the floor. In informal English, lay is frequently used for lie: the book was laying on the table. All careful writers and speakers observe the distinction even in informal contexts|
|1.||of relatively great extent from one surface to the other; fat, broad, or deep: a thick slice of bread|
|2.||a. (postpositive) of specific fatness: ten centimetres thick|
|b. (in combination): a six-inch-thick wall|
|3.||having a relatively dense consistency; not transparent: thick soup|
|4.||abundantly covered or filled: a piano thick with dust|
|5.||impenetrable; dense: a thick fog|
|6.||stupid, slow, or insensitive: a thick person|
|7.||throaty or badly articulated: a voice thick with emotion|
|8.||(of accents, etc) pronounced|
|9.||informal very friendly (esp in the phrase thick as thieves)|
|10.||(Brit) a bit thick unfair or excessive|
|11.||informal a thick ear a blow on the ear delivered as punishment, in anger, etc|
|12.||in order to produce something thick: to slice bread thick|
|13.||profusely; in quick succession (esp in the phrase thick and fast)|
|14.||informal lay it on thick|
|a. to exaggerate a story, statement, etc|
|b. to flatter excessively|
|15.||a thick piece or part|
|16.||the thick the busiest or most intense part|
|17.||through thick and thin in good times and bad|
|[Old English thicce; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thikki, Old Norse thykkr]|
adj. thick·er, thick·est
Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension; not thin.
Measuring a specified number of units in this dimension.
Heavy in form, build, or stature; thickset.
Having component parts in a close, crowded state or arrangement; dense.
Having or suggesting a heavy or viscous consistency.
Having a great number; abounding.
Impenetrable by the eyes.
Not easy to hear or understand; indistinctly articulated.
Noticeably affecting sound; conspicuous.
Producing indistinctly articulated sounds.
In a close, compact state or arrangement; densely.
In a thick manner; deeply or heavily.