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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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Dioxippus' modification of the takedown consisted of his using only one arm--aided by the club--to gain purchase on both his opponent's legs, the other arm left free to lay hold of the opponent's sword arm.
sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people" (with similar passages in Matthew 21 and Luke 19).
As the American philosopher John Dewey put it, "We cannot lay hold of the new, we cannot even keep it on our minds, much less understand it, save by the use of ideas and knowledge we already possess." Among the required courses possible are a foreign language, U.S.
Breckin Meyer supplies hearty comic relief as Kate's unemployed actor brother who assumes Leo's in the same line of work, Ryan steps back into her trademark genre like she's never been gone and, able to deliver lines like 'are you suggesting, madam, there exists a law compelling gentlemen to lay hold of canine bowel movements?' with a straight face, Jackman is as excellent as ever, the scene in which he exposes Kate's boss' smarmy bull with his knowledge of La Boheme so satisfying you can forgive Mangold overlooking the fact Leopold left his time two decades before it was written.
"His good intentions were never in doubt, but there is a failure to reflect these in action on the ground to lay hold of these people who are well-know to them and everybody, according to Jack Straw, Britain's Foreign Secretary.
The section concludes with the theology and spirituality of the liturgical year (Auge), wherein the mystery of Christ as a saving event is made present in time, so that the faithful may lay hold of it through the word and the sacraments.
"It is impossible to step twice in the same river" are the words of Heracleitus [sic], nor is it possible to lay hold twice of any mortal substance in a permanent state; by the suddenness and swiftness of the change in it there "comes dispersion and, at another time, a gathering together"; or, rather, nor at another time nor later, but at the same instant it both settles into its place and forsakes its place; "it is coming and going." [27]
The specialty coffee been defined to a great degree by ability to lay hold of the passion and promise of origin: Not only is coffee not a commodity, but the potential variety is virtually endless when quality attends, as are the number of appreciative consumers.
And, when they are successful in doing this, they accomplish it because of the fundamental inner resources they possess, and the power of the mind, spirit and understanding they lay hold upon.
"We must lay hold of the fact," he argued, "that economic laws are not made by nature.