Layer to Leader
(Lay"er) n. [See Lay to cause to lie flat.]
1. One who, or that which, lays.
2. [Prob. a corruption of lair.] That which is laid; a stratum; a bed; one thickness, course, or fold laid
over another; as, a layer of clay or of sand in the earth; a layer of bricks, or of plaster; the layers of an
3. A shoot or twig of a plant, not detached from the stock, laid under ground for growth or propagation.
4. An artificial oyster bed.
(Lay"er*ing), n. A propagating by layers. Gardner.
1. The act of one who, or that which, lays.
2. The act or period of laying eggs; the eggs laid for one incubation; a clutch.
3. The first coat on laths of plasterer's two-coat work.
(Lay"land`) n. [Lay a meadow + land.] Land lying untilled; fallow ground. [Obs.] Blount.
(Lay"man) n.; pl. Laymen [Lay, adj. + man.]
1. One of the people, in distinction from the clergy; one of the laity; sometimes, a man not belonging to
some particular profession, in distinction from those who do.
Being a layman, I ought not to have concerned myself with speculations which belong to the profession.Dryden.
2. A lay figure. See under Lay, n. Dryden
(Lay"ner) n. [See Lanier.] A whiplash. [Obs.]
(Lay"ship) n. The condition of being a layman. [Obs.] Milton.
1. A place where rubbish, dung, etc., are laid or deposited.[Obs.] B. Jonson.
Smithfield was a laystall of all ordure and filth.Bacon.
2. A place where milch cows are kept, or cattle on the way to market are lodged. [Obs.]
(La"zar) n. [OF. lazare, fr. Lazarus the beggar. Luke xvi. 20.] A person infected with a filthy
or pestilential disease; a leper. Chaucer.
Like loathsome lazars, by the hedges lay.Spenser. Lazar house a lazaretto; also, a hospital for quarantine.
(Laz`a*ret" Laz`a*ret"to) n. [F. lazaret, or It. lazzeretto, fr. Lazarus. See Lazar.] A public
building, hospital, or pesthouse for the reception of diseased persons, particularly those affected with