1 of 2


British : turnout sense 2b
: the final operation (such as a last cultivating) in the growing of a field crop

lay by

2 of 2


laid by; laying by; lays by

transitive verb

: to lay aside : discard
: to store for future use : save
: to cultivate (a crop, such as corn) for the last time

Examples of lay-by in a Sentence

Verb a politician who had laid by his principles years ago ever since the last hurricane caught them unprepared, they have laid by emergency supplies
Recent Examples on the Web
Based on a solid organization, whose foundations were laid by prior directors Fernando Lara and Javier Angulo, the new Valladolid team is also reinforcing the festival’s industry edge. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 20 Oct. 2023 The discipline of judgment and decision-making had made crucial, enduring contributions—the foundation laid by Kahneman and Tversky, for example—but the broader credibility of the behavioral sciences had been compromised by a perpetual-motion machine of one-weird-trick gimmickry. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2023 Now, half a century later, a new generation of tennis players like Coco Gauff are benefitting from the foundation laid by Casals and the original nine. Danya Bacchus, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2023 And this financial package includes funds for equipment to clear mines laid by Russia, which is a big problem for Ukraine's military and the counteroffensive obstacles that have impeded Ukraine's progress, as well as $203 million to root out graft in Ukrainian institutions. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 Although galls can be provoked by bacteria, fungi or nematodes, the irritant is most often eggs laid by tiny native wasps, mites or other insects. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 26 Aug. 2023 How this happened presents an ongoing scientific mystery, especially since the eggs laid by pterosaurs changed little in size as the dinosaurs grew to become monsters. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023 Despite starting his career with consecutive winning seasons — a more successful foundation than those laid by Bill Belichick and Andy Reid, Jimmy Johnson and Don Coryell — Staley’s very competence was doubted. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2023 James also makes fine use of black-and-white stills, some framed in the usual documentary style, others gently laid by a visible hand on a surface, tangible representation of a tricky story. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lay-by was in the 15th century

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“Lay-by.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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