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lay figure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lay figure dummy in the form of an artist's jointed model of the human body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lay figure A jointed model of the human body that may be put in any attitude; -- used for showing the disposition of drapery, etc.
    • Lay figure See under Academy Cancel Lay, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

Stretched on the pavement, spotted with blood, lay the two figures I had seen within the last five minutes beaming with life and energy.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
On the ground lay a white figure and close by was an enormous panther.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
The twisted, broken, beaten figure of Murphy lay on the floor near the foot of the bed.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
The other figure lay over the table with his face buried in his arms.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
Deep into the night she lay awake tormenting herself with figures.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
Why was a lay figure in Murdock's bed?
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
She bore his scrutiny as impassively as a lay-figure could.
"The Coast of Bohemia" by William Dean Howells
I feel that the Easy confidence which has hitherto existed between an artist and his Lay Figure is for ever broken and fled.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
Stretched across a wretched bed lay a dark, silent figure.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
On the bank, in abrupt foreshortening, lay the figure of a man.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
When you paint a picture for the court, you do not put your whole soul into it; to courtiers you sell lay figures duly colored.
"The Unknown Masterpiece" by Honoré De Balzac
I lay tracing the figures upon the curtains.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
I would as soon be loved by a lay-figure!
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
Then, when the sentry was tramping along the porch, the figure gave a quick writhe and lay still a step higher.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
He is a lay figure, but not necessarily a lay figure of speech.
"The Perfect Gentleman" by Ralph Bergengren
And in that way lay still blue figures.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Deep in a crimson couch and haloed with the last brightness, lay the long, white outlines of a reclining figure.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
All the servants in the household were standing round the bed and on it lay the unconscious figure of Mr. Earlsdown.
"Daisy Ashford: Her Book" by Daisy Ashford
Upon the flagging, a figure lay motionless, and the other man was nowhere to be seen.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
A little distance ahead a man lay flat on the ground, and bending over him was a short, stocky figure.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
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In news:

Bishop Dabney Smith and other holy figures lay their hands on Roy Allison during his ordination into the priesthood at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs.
Lay patrons and priests first decided among themselves, before telling an artist what figures to depict.
It's no secret that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is one of the most polarizing figures in the world of music, but at least one of metal cohorts thinks fans need to lay off.
Moving along plastic mockups of weld joints, the student sees a virtual arc lay down a virtual bead (see Figures 4 and 5).
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In science:

For the example network, a two-laye r graph is shown in Figure 2 as an approximation of the original overall con figuration.
Randomized Distributed Configuration Management of Wireless Networks: Multi-layer Markov Random Fields and Near-Optimality
Figure 5.7: Dense random matrices. σ = p(Omicro − Odiag )2 vs. matrix size for initial states laying in the central part of the spectrum e ≈ 0.
Quench Dynamics in Randomly Generated Extended Quantum Models
Figure 6.13: Sparse random matrices. σ = p(Omicro − Odiag )2 vs. matrix size for initial states laying in the central part of the spectrum e ≈ 0.
Quench Dynamics in Randomly Generated Extended Quantum Models
Figure 6.14: Sparse random matrices. σ = p(Omicro − Odiag )2 vs. matrix size for initial states laying in a small window around e = 1.
Quench Dynamics in Randomly Generated Extended Quantum Models
If we look at Figure 3 we can see that the environment lays some role and that where you place it definitely has effect on the output.
The Arduino as a Hardware Random-Number Generator
Figure 1: Ten randomly selected smoothed egg-laying curves of short-lived medflies (left panel), and ten such curves for long–lived medflies (right panel).
Testing the Equality of Covariance Operators in Functional Samples
The egg-laying curves are very irregular; Figure 1 shows ten (smoothed) curves of short- and long-lived flies for version 1, Figure 2 shows ten (smoothed) curves for version 2 (both using a B-spline Table 2 shows the P–values for the absolute egg-laying counts (version 1).
Testing the Equality of Covariance Operators in Functional Samples
Figure 2: Lay-out of the single-particle MZ-IF experiment.
Frequency Hopping in Quantum Interferometry: Efficient Up-Down Conversion for Qubits and Ebits
Figure 1 shows a schematic lay-out of the detector.
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
Next, we consider Nout (U ), the neighbors of U that lay outside of Gr (see Figure 11c).
Isoperimetric Inequalities on Hexagonal Grids
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