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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