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“… is to find a mate to lay those eggs and …”

meanings of lay


  1. To apply; to put.
  2. To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the imposing stone.
  3. To state; to allege.
  4. To prepare (a plan, project etc.); to set out, establish (a law, principle).
  5. Simple past tense of lie when pertaining to position.
  6. To present or offer.
  7. To put the strands of (a rope, a cable, etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them.
  8. To have sex with.
  9. To impute; to charge; to allege.
  10. To place (new type) properly in the cases.
  11. To don or put on (tefillin (phylacteries)).
  12. To be in a horizontal position; to lie (from confusion with lie).
  13. To cause to subside or abate.
  14. To take a position; to come or go.
  15. To install certain building materials, laying one thing on top of another.
  16. To place down in a position of rest, or in a horizontal position.
  17. To point; to aim.
  18. To bet (that something is or is not the case).
  19. To produce and deposit an egg.
  20. To impose (a burden, punishment, command, tax, etc.).
  21. To deposit (a stake) as a wager; to stake; to risk.


  1. A plan; a scheme.
  2. A law.
  3. Arrangement or relationship; layout.
  4. A share of the profits in a business.
  5. A casual sexual partner. What was I, just another lay you can toss aside as you go on to your next conquest?.
  6. An obligation; a vow.
  7. A layer.
  8. A meadow; a lea.
  9. A lake.
  10. An act of sexual intercourse.
  11. The laying of eggs.
  12. A lyrical, narrative poem written in octosyllabic couplets that often deals with tales of adventure and romance.
  13. A ballad or sung poem; a short poem or narrative, usually intended to be sung.
  14. The direction a rope is twisted.


  1. Not trumps.
  2. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant.
  3. Non-professional; not being a member of an organized institution.
  4. Not belonging to the clergy, but associated with them.


  1. A river in western France.
  2. A surname​.

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