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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Laid, ppl. a. Also: layd, leyed. [e.m.E. (a 1547), p.p. of Lay v.1]

1. a. Of a project or plot: Planned, prearranged. 1597 Melvill 413.
Gif it [sc. the Word] come … cleir against the leyed purpose, then the King's man … man devyse a glose or distingo
1600 Misc. Bann. C. I. 176.
Sa that as I shew yow this wes ane laid plat for me

b. Laid up (boat). 1622 Orkney & Zetl. Test. I. 87.
Ane awld laid vp four erring bot pryce xxiiij s.

2. a. Laid woll, wool(l, wool from sheep which have been ‘laid’ or smeared with tarry ointment as a winter protection; tarry wool.See Lay v.1 28b. 1628 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. II. 556.
The wnlaid woll at aucht pund … , the laid woll at fyve pund the staine
1641 Acts V. 658/1.
That ane restraint be put vpone all sortes of wooll … viz. whyt cleane wooll tarred or layd wooll Galloway wooll
1684 Symson Descr. Galloway 72.
Their wool is of three sorts: laid-wool, moor-wool and deal-wool
1707 Conv. Burghs IV. 435.
That each of the saids burghs shall imploy the sum received be them in manufactoring tarrd or laid wooll

b. Laid wark, work, couched work, couching. Also attrib. 1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI 121 b.
Aucht seruitouris of laid wairk price iij li.
1613 Ib. XLVII. 269 b.
Laid work
1651 Ib. LXV. 203 b.
Twa watir cloathes schewed with laid wark
attrib. 1617 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 385.
To Andro Creiche 2 laid work serveites
1625 Edinb. Test. LIII. 77.
Ane stand of layd wark seruitouris

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