Lay baptism(Eccl.), baptism administered by a lay person. F. G. Lee.Lay brother(R. C. Ch.), one received into a convent of monks under the three vows, but not in holy orders.Lay clerk(Eccl.), a layman who leads the responses of the congregation, etc., in the church service. Hook.Lay days(Com.), time allowed in a charter party for taking in and discharging cargo. McElrath.Lay elder. See 2d Elder, 3, note.

(Lay) n. The laity; the common people. [Obs.]

The learned have no more privilege than the lay.
B. Jonson.

2. Not strict or stringent; not exact; loose; weak; vague; equivocal.

The discipline was lax.

Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax, in matters of the passions.
J. A. Symonds.

The word "æternus" itself is sometimes of a lax signification.

3. Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.

Syn. — Loose; slack; vague; unconfined; unrestrained; dissolute; licentious.

(Lax), n. A looseness; diarrhea.

(Lax*a"tion) n. [L. laxatio, fr. laxare to loosen, fr. laxus loose, slack.] The act of loosening or slackening, or the state of being loosened or slackened.

(Lax"a*tive) a. [L. laxativus mitigating, assuaging: cf. F. laxatif. See Lax, a.]

1. Having a tendency to loosen or relax. Milton.

2. (Med.) Having the effect of loosening or opening the intestines, and relieving from constipation; — opposed to astringent.n. (Med.) A laxative medicine. See the Note under Cathartic.

(Lax"a*tive*ness), n. The quality of being laxative.

(||Lax*a"tor) n. [NL., fr. L. laxare, laxatum, to loosen.] (Anat.) That which loosens; — esp., a muscle which by its contraction loosens some part.

(Lax"i*ty) n. [L. laxitas, fr. laxus loose, slack: cf. F. laxité, See Lax, a.] The state or quality of being lax; want of tenseness, strictness, or exactness.

(Lax"ly), adv. In a lax manner.

(Lax"ness), n. The state of being lax; laxity.

(Lay) imp. of Lie, to recline.

(Lay), a. [F. lai, L. laicus, Gr. of or from the people, lay, from people. Cf. Laic.]

1. Of or pertaining to the laity, as distinct from the clergy; as, a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.

2. Not educated or cultivated; ignorant.[Obs.]

3. Not belonging to, or emanating from, a particular profession; unprofessional; as, a lay opinion regarding the nature of a disease.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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