Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Laying: laying low

DAMAGES, LAYING, pleading. In personal and mixed actions, (but not in penal actions, for obvious reason,) the declaration must allege, in conclusion, that the injury is to the damage of the plaintiff; and must specify the amount of damages. Com. Dig. Pleader, C 84; 10 Rep. 116, b.
     2. In personal actions there is a distinction between actions that sound in damages, and those that do not; but in either of these cases, it is equally the practice to lay damages. There is, however, this difference: that, in the former case, damages are the main object of the suit, and are, therefore, always laid high enough to cover the whole demand; but in the latter, the liquidated debt, or the chattel demanded, being the main object, damages are claimed in respect of the detention only, of such debt or chattel; and are, therefore, usually laid at a small sum. The plaintiff cannot recover greater damages than he has laid in the conclusion of his declaration. Com. Dig. Pleader, C 84; 10 Rep. 117, a, b; Vin. Ab. Damages, R.
     3. In real actions, no damages are to be laid, because, in these, the demand is specially for the land withheld, and damages are in no degree the object of the suit. Steph. Pl. 426; 1 Chit. Pl. 397 to 400.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
Some people opt for artificial lighting to push their birds to continue laying through the colder months.
" As the model code of conduct is about to be imposed, Akali leaders are busy laying foundation stones.
So that laying hens may develop their full productivity potential at the production stage, the prelay phase should be taken into consideration.
Different breeds have different laying characteristics.
Rid the plot of stones by hand-picking them off before you firm the ground by shuffling over the area or laying a plank of wood down and walking along it, moving the plank of wood on to the next bit once you've completed one line.
Place planks over the turf you've just laid which you can walk on while laying the next row of turves.
By clicking the lay button, or by having his associate Glenn Gill do so on his behalf, Findlay contravened the strict interpretation of Rule 247 and Rule E (92.2), which outlaw an owner, or a person who is involved in managing a horse, from "laying any horse he owns with a betting organisation to lose a race".
The best time for laying is spring and autumn but, provided there isn't a drought, it can be laid any time during the summer.
The verb TO LAY is even simpler: lay, laying, laid, have laid.
Since the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) first studied lay ministry formation in 1985-86, "the number of programs [preparing laypeople for professional ministry in the church] has expanded by more than 50 percent, and the number of participants in these programs has grown more than three-fold." These faithful and courageous Catholics are laying down their lives.
Basically, do everything you can to avoid laying off employees.
The laying on of hands with the "confirmation prayer" for God to pour out the Spirit on the baptized as a new Pentecost takes seriously the biblical call that we "live by the Spirit" (Gal 5:16) as we "have been born of water and the Spirit" (John 3:5).