lay to


laid to; laying to; lays to

transitive verb

: to bring (a ship) into the wind and hold stationary

Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of lay to was in 1796

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Cite this Entry

“Lay to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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