Definition of lay-by in English:

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lay-by

Pronunciation: /ˈlā ˌbī/

noun (plural lay-bys)

1An area at the side of a road where vehicles may pull off the road and stop.
Example sentences
  • The cameras can be at the side of the road, in lay-bys and on motorway bridges.
  • Some are understood to have gone from lay-bys alongside major trunk roads such as the A64, while five others are set to be removed in the near future from streets in York.
  • One problem was that some councils had removed litter bins from trunk road lay-bys to encourage motorists to take their rubbish home with them and to save collection costs.
1.1A mooring area along a canal, river, or harbor.
Example sentences
  • A lay-by for vessels was excavated on the south side of the upper canal cut, about halfway between the head of the cut and the lock.
  • A lay by mooring area is available immediately to the east of the boat ramp.
  • The control barge was successfully towed through the Barataria Waterway and completed the route to a lay-by berth in the Mississippi River.

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Syllabification: lay-by

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