Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The time of retiring to rest.
  • n. The travail in childbirth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The time of retiring to rest; time of repose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The time of retiring to rest; time of repose.
  • n. The time at which a woman is to give birth to a child; lying-in: as, she's at the down-lying.
  • About to lie down or to be in travail of childbirth.

Etymologies

down +‎ lying (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dining lately where Mr Park was one of the company he whisperd to me a message from his wife; who having heard me mention your large family and downlying wife had suggested to him to ask me if a present of 2 Pounds would be acceptable.

    Letter 160

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