lay,adj.1. Not ecclesiastical; nonclerical. 2. Not expert, esp. with reference to law or medicine; nonprofessional.

lay,n. Maritime law.A share of the profits of a fishing or whaling trip, akin to wages, allotted

to the officers and seamen. [Cases: Seamen  28.C.J.S. Seamen §§ 109–112.] lay,vb. To allege or assert.

“The Laying of Damages. — At common law the declaration must ‘lay damages.’ ” Edwin E.

Bryant, The Law of Pleading Under the Codes of Civil Procedure 209 (2d ed. 1899).

[Blacks Law 8th]