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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Lyin(g, ppl. a. Also lye-. [Late ME. lying (a 1450), ME. liggende (Wyclif), OE. licᵹende. Cf. Lyand.] That lies, in various senses (cf. Ly v.). Also Lying-dog. a. Horizontal, lying flat. b. Of parts of a mill: Stationary, not moving or working. c. Of a building: That has fallen down, collapsed. d. Of money: Uninvested, lying at call. e. Of snow: Lying, remaining unmelted. f. Pending.a. 1630 Bamff Chart. 223.
Thrie lying barrells, ane standing bowie
1651 Edinb. Test. LXV. 140 b.
Ane irne braice with drawing raxes, … ane pair of lying raxis
1673 Leith Customs 7.
4 lying presses … 1 standing press
b. 1692 Conv. Burghs IV. 619.
The walls, rooff, doors, windowes, and lyeing gear of the two milns and kills
c. 1687 Galloway P. 9 April.
[A tack] of the thrie wast & lyeing tenement of housses some tymes pocest be Robert Gaa
d. a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1641) No. 208.
Better a laying hen nor a lyin crown
1627 Edinb. Test. LIV. 76.
Of lying money in his hous xl li.
1674 Cunningham Diary 45.e. 1631 Bk. Carlaverock II. 45.
The vnseasonable weather and the lying storme
f. a1658 Durham Comm. Rev. 731.
Their long lying appeals before God, crying for justice, are called

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