English - Pronunciation
English - Etymology 1
From Middle English lawe, laȝe, from Old English lagu (“law”), from Old Norse *lagu, an early plural form of lag, lǫg (“layer, stratum, a laying in order, measure, stroke, law”, literally “something laid down or fixed”), from Proto-Germanic *lagą (“that which is laid down”), from Proto-Indo-European *legh- (“to lie”). Cognate with Icelandic lög (“things laid down, law”), Swedish lag (“law”), Danish lov (“law”). Replaced Old English ǣ and gesetnes. More at lay.
- (uncountable) The body of rules and standards issued by a government, or to be applied by courts and similar authorities.
A particular such rule.
1915, George A. Birmingham, Gossamer, chapterI:
- As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, […]. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. […] I do not suppose that it matters much in reality whether laws are made by dukes or cornerboys, but I like, as far as possible, to associate with gentlemen in private life.
- 1915, George A. Birmingham, Gossamer, chapterI:
- (more generally) A written or understood rule that concerns behaviours and their consequences. Laws are usually associated with mores.
- (sciences, strictly) A well-established, observed physical characteristic or behavior of nature. The word is used to simply identify "what happens," without implying any explanatory mechanism or causation. Compare to theory.
- (mathematics) A statement that is true under specified conditions.
- A category of English "common law" petitions that request monetary relief, as opposed to relief in forms other than a monetary judgment; compare to "equity".
- (cricket) One of the official rules of cricket as codified by the MCC.
- (slang, uncountable) The police.
- (fantasy) One of the two metaphysical forces of the world in some fantasy settings, as opposed to chaos.
- An oath, as in the presence of a court. See wager of law.
English - Etymology 2
English - Etymology 3
English - Anagrams
Lower Sorbian - Etymology
Lower Sorbian - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): [law]
Lower Sorbian - Noun
Scots - Noun
Upper Sorbian - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /lau̯/
Upper Sorbian - Noun
- lawica, lawjace/-a/-y, lawowe/-a/-y