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(lā) [Fr. lai, L. laicus, fr Gr. laïkos, pert. to the people]
Not professionally trained in or qualified to practice any of the professions for which a higher education is required (e.g., law, medicine, clergy).


adj nonprofessional.

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Q. what is leukemia in lay person language, what causes it, what are the symptomes, and is it cancer

A. Leukemia is cancer of white blood cells. there are about 6-7 types of Leukemia i think...i'll have to check that one out. it basically means a white blood cell got mutated and started to multiply like crazy. causes severe problems. the types defer in which part of maturation it got cancerous. i hope i helped- if you still need more information, just ask! i'm here.

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FINISHING THE JOB Once your bricks are laid, it's time to make everything look neat.
The faults in the field would be rectified this month and astro-turf would hopefully be laid in August,' he said.
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When the turves are laid, firm them down gently by laying a plank on top and tapping it with a rubber mallet or the back of a rake.
7 : to bring into contact with <He laid the watch to his ear.
The verb TO LAY is even simpler: lay, laying, laid, have laid.
Four days earlier, after a week of missed payroll deadlines, virtually the entire crew and staff at QTN--over 100 employees--were laid off without payment for their work in the month of January [see sidebar].
The number of flight attendants to be laid off by Northwest Airlines (Pink Sheets: NWACQ) in January has been reduced from 500 to 300.
Part two consists of Greeley's prescription for the church in light of the interpretation he laid out in part one.
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In mid-March, the district notified 115 teachers and 10 assistant principals that they could be laid off at the end of the school year.