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Nonprofessional, such as a lay witness who is not a recognized expert in the area that is the subject of the person's testimony. That which relates to persons or entities not clerical or ecclesiastical; a person not in ecclesiastical orders. To present the formal declarations by the parties of their respective claims and defenses in pleadings. A share of the profits of a fishing or Whaling voyage, allotted to the officers and seamen, in the nature of wages.

See: deposit, place, profane, rest

LAY, English law. That which relates to persons or things not ecclesiastical. In the United States the people are not, by law, divided, as in England, into ecclesiastical and lay. The law makes no distinction between them.

TO LAY, pleading. To state or to allege. The place from whence a jury are to be summoned, is called the venue, and the allegation in the declaration, of the place where the jury is to be summoned, is in technical language, said to lay the venue. 3 Steph. Com. 574; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2826.

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By it he is enabled to lay hold on things incomprehensible, invisible, and eternal.
Just as an integrated history that brings together the three currents of indigenization is essential to an accurate understanding of this significant historical development, so acknowledging the theological and political roots of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement as it developed after 1949 is key to a mature Chinese church, in which Chinese Christians fully lay hold of their unique spiritual heritage.
However, all was to change when, following her encounter with Swindells and Thomas Williams, she had an experience that 'banished all the shades of darkness, all doubts were done away, and I could believe in and lay hold of Christ as mine and appropriate his merit to my own soul' (p.
This study takes [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] nponn5qaag to mean that Dioxippus lunged forward at Coragus in a crouching tackle, from which position he was able to lay hold of Coragus' sword arm with his left hand and to reach around behind him and trip up his legs with the aid of the club held in his right hand.
These standards are at once "instances of the Forms" while remaining "mired in the vagaries of the corporeal;" they enable us to lay hold of "true opinions" about the phenomena (54, 37).
Just as the decision of Dante to write The Divine Comedy in the vernacular and other developments in European linguistic humanism paved the way for the Renaissance and European global success, so the Arabic world needs to lay hold of their own vernaculars in order to gain a voice against corrupt and despotic Arabic rulers.
Some Bush supporters are decent and intelligent, and yet they're knowingly returning to the White House an embarrassingly inept, ignorant, incurious, and unfeeling figurehead for the worst conventicle of religious nuts, plutocrats, and petrochemical bagmen ever to lay hold of our federal government.
How great the temptation for Christians to lay hold of Judaism with strong arms, to cling to it until it fits in with one's own needs" (p.