Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A grassland; a meadow.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A scythe.
  • noun Same as lay, 8.
  • noun One of the sets of alternating threads into which the yarns of a loom are divided by the harness system so as to form the shed.
  • noun Open, untilled land, usually in grass, or pasture-land; a meadow or grassy plain; a stretch of level fields or commons.
  • noun Hence Any field; any level geographical surface.
  • noun Fallow land; lealand.
  • Untilled; fallow: said of land. Compare lealand, layland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A meadow or sward land; a grassy field.
  • noun A measure of yarn; for linen, 300 yards; for cotton, 120 yards; a lay.
  • noun A set of warp threads carried by a loop of the heddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several measures of yarn; for linen, 300 yards; for cotton, 120 yards; a lay.
  • noun an open field, meadow

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a unit of length of thread or yarn
  • noun a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English leie, from Old English lēah; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

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Middle English, from French lier, to bind

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From Middle English legh, lege, lei "clearing, open ground" from Old English lēah "clearing in a forest" from Proto-Germanic *lauhō (“meadow”), from Proto-Indo-European *louk- (“field, meadow”). Akin to Old Frisian lāch "meadow", Old Saxon lōh "forest, grove" (Middle Dutch loo "forest, thicket"; Dutch -lo (in placenames)), Old High German lōh "covered clearing, low bushes", Old Norse "clearing, meadow". More at Waterloo.

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