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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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For as long as CCN has been in business there has been a desire to do its own veneer lay ups instead of outsourcing.
However a timely time-out followed by a converted lay up by Josh Tester put the Stars a point ahead with 1.
With the score at 64-60 and fewer than nine seconds remaining, the game looked destined for a home win, but Lions were not finished yet and Budd ploughed through the eye of the Storm to complete his lay up, 64-62, and signal the activation of another press, resulting in a steal by Lions' Dan Brown who went from coast to coast to be fouled on the shot.