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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lay, n.5 [Mod. Eng. (1800– ), the amount of twist given to the strands of a rope: cf. Lay v.1 28 f.] A twist given to a string (of a musical instrument). — 1570 Sat. P. xvii. 67.
Euen as the man, the quhilk be musik playis, Mistonit stringis castis not away … But peice and peice, be sundrie wrestis & layis, Ilk ane with vther be tyme causis agre

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