- past participle of lie (“to be oriented in a horizontal position, situated”)
- He had lain there for many hours.
- The book had lain on the attic floor until it was found decades later.
- The past participle of lie (“deceive”) is lied.
- The past participle of lay (“put down”) is laid.
From Middle English lainen, leynen, from Old Norse løyna (“to conceal”) and Old English lēġnian, līeġnan (“to deny; conceal”); both from Proto-Germanic *laugnijaną, from Proto-Germanic *laugnō (“secrecy”).
lain (third-person singular simple present lains, present participle laining, simple past and past participle lained)
- (obsolete) To conceal, keep quiet about. [14th-19thc.]
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter j, in Le Morte Darthur, book XX:
- Also broder sir Agrauayne and sir mordred in lyke wyse sir Launcelot rescowed yow bothe and thre score and two from sir Turquyn / Me thynketh broder suche kynde dedes and kyndenes shold be remembryd / doo as ye lyst sayd syr Agrauayne for I wylle layne it no lenger
- Instructive plural form of laki.
- Genitive singular form of laki.
From English line.
- line; row; queue
- group; family; clan; tribe; cohort
- 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:15 (translation here):
- Na bai mi mekim yu i stap birua bilong meri, na meri i stap birua bilong yu. Na bai mi mekim ol lain bilong yu i birua long lain bilong meri. Bai ol i krungutim het bilong yu, na bai yu kaikaim lek bilong ol.”
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