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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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And the country is not alone in the neighbourhood: other growing and therefore, energy-hungry ASEAN countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and technology-rich Singapore have all laid hold of policies and technologies expected to save the region massive amounts in power generation costs and insulate electricity consumers from price swings in the global oil and gas markets.
cast about his naked body, and the young men laid hold on him:
It is primarily and essentially a personal event in which a human person is laid hold of by the Living Lord Jesus Christ at the very centre of the person's being and turned toward him in loving trust and obedience....
At issue is not just whether the process has enough locomotion to avoid snagging on some of the wreckage from the country's acrid past (and present: Darfur rebels on Thursday laid hold to Muhajiriyah, a town incidentally not far from the Nyala railroad).
His left hand laid hold of ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) the hand or arm ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) that was drawing the sword, while his right hand--the hand holding the club--tripped up the other's legs ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
Someone who prides himself on being difficult, relishes envy and revels in "daffy hostility," the facially challenged swordsman-poet Cyrano softens pretty much exclusively in the presence of his cousin, Roxane (the lovely Claire Price, late of "Brand"), who will discover only too late the source of (be soaring lyricism that has laid hold of her heart.