Origin of lawing
- a statement of a relation or sequence of phenomena invariable under the same conditions.
- a mathematical rule.
verb (used with object)
Origin of law1
verb (used with or without object), noun Obsolete.
Examples from the Web for lawing
Historical Examples of lawing
I never yet lodged in a hostelrie, But I paid my lawing before I gaed.Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy
I hastened through my breakfast, paid my lawing, and ordered out my horse.The Shoes of Fortune
They're worth more than all the lawing Gray and Vanrevel have ever done or ever will do.The Two Vanrevels
We have no time for lawing, and if we did, the shysters would get it all.The Song of the Wolf
Gradually, after much shooting and lawing, we parcelled out the range and settled down covering practically the whole State.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger
- the condition and control enforced by such rules
- (in combination)lawcourt
- the legal or judicial system
- the profession or practice of law
- informalthe police or a policeman
Word Origin for law
Word Origin for law
Old English lagu (plural laga, comb. form lah-) "law, ordinance, rule, regulation; district governed by the same laws," from Old Norse *lagu "law," collective plural of lag "layer, measure, stroke," literally "something laid down or fixed," from Proto-Germanic *lagan "put, lay" (see lay (v.)).
Replaced Old English æ and gesetnes, which had the same sense development as law. Cf. also statute, from Latin statuere; German Gesetz "law," from Old High German gisatzida; Lithuanian istatymas, from istatyti "set up, establish." In physics, from 1660s. Law and order have been coupled since 1796.
In addition to the idioms beginning with law
- law and order
- law of averages
- law of the jungle
- law unto oneself
- above suspicion (the law)
- lay down the law
- letter of the law
- long arm of the law
- Murphy's law
- possession is nine points of the law
- take the law into one's hands
- unwritten law