lying

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Etymology[edit]

lie +‎ -ing

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

lying

  1. present participle of lie
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility The Free Library, Chapter 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..

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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 []
  2. The act of one who lies, or keeps low to the ground.
    • Saint Augustine, Expositions on the Book of Psalms
      But whom could the lyings in wait of the human heart escape?