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

  • n. Variant of lea.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of lea.
  • adj. fallow; unseeded

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fallow; unseeded.
  • n. Law.
  • n. See lye.
  • n. Grass or meadow land; a lea.
  • v. To lay; to wager.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of lay.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of lea, lay, and lye.
  • n. Yield; produce; assay-value.
  • n. See lea.
  • n. Ley in this spelling (see lea) is used specifically of a plantation of grasses or other plants grown for their herbage (clovers, etc.), to serve either as meadow or as pasture. Leys are planned for one or a few years or for permanency, their composition being governed accordingly.

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

  • n. a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock


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  • It had discharged a pellucid fluid, which she called a ley-water, daily for fourteen years, with a great deal of pain; on which account she applied to a surgeon, who, by means of bandage and a saturnine application, soon healed the sore, unheedful of the consequences.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • Even as she spoke, the hair at the nape of my neck prickled; she was calling the ley again.

    Arcane Circle

  • Actually, Tyler said his dad was going to check out something called ley lines, spelled l-e-y.


  • Experimentally, he moved to one of the little runnels collecting the flow - nowhere near large enough to be called a ley-line - and sensed the pressure increase when he interposed himself in the flow.


  • Continuing for about three hundred paces farther along the val­ley, which is in this part about one hundred and fifty feet in breadth; several small tombs are met with on both sides of the rivulet, excavated in the rock, without any ornaments.

    Travels in Syria and the Holy Land

  • People in our community have even produced a copy of the "ley" that applies to this situation, but to no avail.

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  • The trouble was, there would be some right to Mor'ley's argument.

    Cold Copper Tears

  • "Mimphl murkle mibble" came from behind Mor'ley's hand.

    Cold Copper Tears

  • "I have tried to take power from those lines of energy you spoke about, which seem to be the same thing that Hulda called ley-lines.

    Widows and Orphans

  • Pasturage is still called a "ley" for cattle in these parts.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)


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