lying

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Etymology 1[edit]

lie (to rest in a horizontal position) +‎ -ing.

Verb[edit]

lying

  1. present participle of lie (to rest in a horizontal position).
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility 19:
      Without shutting herself up from her family ... or lying awake the whole night to indulge meditation, Elinor found every day afforded her leisure enough to think of Edward.

Noun[edit]

lying (plural lyings)

  1. The act of one who lies, or keeps low to the ground.
    • Saint Augustine, Expositions on the Book of Psalms, Psalm LXIV, translated by Philip Schaff et al.
      But whom could the lyings in wait of the human heart escape?
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Etymology 2[edit]

lie (to intentionally give false information) +‎ -ing.

Verb[edit]

lying

  1. present participle of lie (to intentionally give false information).

Noun[edit]

lying (plural lyings)

  1. An act of telling a lie or falsehood.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      [] he must do it by false propositions, by lyings, and such weak discourses as none can believe but such as are born fools []

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