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[ law-ing ]
/ ˈlɔ ɪŋ /

noun Scot.

a bill, especially for food or drink in a tavern.


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sue, litigate, summon, try, indict, arraign, do, contest, law

Nearby words

lavishly, lavoisier, lavoisier, antoine, lavoisier, antoine laurent, lavolta, lawing, law agent, law and order, law centre, law clerk, law court

Origin of lawing

1525–35; obsolete Scots law bill, Middle English (dial.) lagh < Old Norse lag price, tax, proper place (cf. law1) + -ing1

Definition for lawing (2 of 3)


[ law ]
/ lɔ /


verb (used with object)

Chiefly Dialect. to sue or prosecute.
British. (formerly) to expeditate (an animal).

Origin of law

before 1000; Middle English law(e), lagh(e), Old English lagu < Old Norse *lagu, early plural of lag layer, stratum, a laying in order, fixed tune, (in collective sense) law; akin to lay1, lie2
Related formslaw·like, adjective
Can be confusedlaw hypothesis theory (see synonym study at theory)

Definition for lawing (3 of 3)


[ law ]
/ lɔ /

verb (used with or without object), noun Obsolete. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lawing (1 of 4)


/ (lɔː) /


Andrew Bonar (ˈbɒnə). 1858–1923, British Conservative statesman, born in Canada; prime minister (1922–23)
Denis. born 1940, Scottish footballer; a striker, he played for Manchester United (1962–73) and Scotland (30 goals in 55 games, 1958–74); European Footballer of the Year (1964)
John. 1671–1729, Scottish financier. He founded the first bank in France (1716) and the Mississippi Scheme for the development of Louisiana (1717), which collapsed due to excessive speculation
Jude . born 1972, British film actor, who starred in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), Cold Mountain (2003), and Sherlock Holmes (2009)
William. 1686–1761, British Anglican divine, best known for A Serious Call to a Holy and Devout Life (1728)

British Dictionary definitions for lawing (2 of 4)


/ (lɔː) /


Related formsRelated adjectives: judicial, jural, juridical, legal

Word Origin for law

Old English lagu, from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic lög (pl) things laid down, law

British Dictionary definitions for lawing (3 of 4)


/ (lɔː) /


Scot a hill, esp one rounded in shape

Word Origin for law

Old English hlǣw

British Dictionary definitions for lawing (4 of 4)


/ (lɔː) /


a Scot word for low 1
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Word Origin and History for lawing



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for lawing


[ lô ]


A rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority.
A set of rules or principles for a specific area of a legal system.
A piece of enacted legislation.
A formulation describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met.
A generalization based on consistent experience or results.
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Science definitions for lawing


[ lô ]

A statement that describes invariable relationships among phenomena under a specified set of conditions. Boyle's law, for instance, describes what will happen to the volume of an ideal gas if its pressure changes and its temperature remains the same. The conditions under which some physical laws hold are idealized (for example, there are no ideal gases in the real world), thus some physical laws apply universally but only approximately. See Note at hypothesis.
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Idioms and Phrases with lawing


In addition to the idioms beginning with law

  • law and order
  • law of averages
  • law of the jungle
  • law unto oneself

also see:

  • 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
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