Main definitions of ley in English

: ley1ley2

ley1

(also temporary ley)

noun

  • A piece of land put down to grass, clover, etc., for a single season or a limited number of years, in contrast to permanent pasture.

    • ‘The farm is down to clover leys for grazing and silage plus oats, wheat and beans for feeding out of parlour in a total mixed ration, with all cows receiving the same amount of feed.’
    • ‘Housing, feeding and slurry facilities were already adequate, which freed up spare capital for reseeding fields with clover-rich leys.’
    • ‘The meadow, which until recently was a magnificent relic of ancient pasture, is now approaching the usual nitrogenous-fertiliser-fed ley so common anywhere.’
    • ‘The sheep and cattle all run together on swards, which are predominately white clover mixtures, and Howard told me that the mixed stocking and the highly nutritious clover leys have a big bearing on the way his livestock thrive.’
    • ‘If the land be ploughed out of ley once in ten or 12 years there is no danger of the seeds missing.’

Origin

Old English lǣge ‘fallow’ (recorded in lǣghrycg ‘ridge left at the edge of a ploughed field’); related to lay and lie.

Pronunciation

ley

/leɪ/

Main definitions of ley in English

: ley1ley2

ley2

(also ley line)

noun

  • A supposed straight line connecting three or more prehistoric or ancient sites, sometimes regarded as the line of a former track and associated by some with lines of energy and other paranormal phenomena.

    • ‘Up until about an hour ago I had been the only person I knew who even knew what a ley line was, let alone could actually use them, but the rule still applied.’
    • ‘He believed that if he stood on a manhole cover in Liverpool's Matthew Street while his two groups played live on opposite sides of the world, the converging ley lines would fill him with a powerful life force.’
    • ‘This suggestion might be dismissed as abandoning scholarship in favour of the misty realms of ley lines and earnest unwashed New Ageism.’
    • ‘‘It used to be known for ley lines more than anything but now I think it's known as much for its lattes,’ he said.’
    • ‘Sometimes everybody's ley lines coincide, and it all comes together.’
    • ‘Our only feeling on that is that there are proven psycho-magnetic ley lines which criss-cross the country, and it is suggested that ghosts can use these as we use roads.’
    • ‘Some are new-age mystics convinced that the Christian route to Santiago is just the latest version of a more ancient pathway linking ley line to ley line.’
    • ‘To me they are as mysterious and seemingly symbolic as Stonehenge, marking some unknown ley line along the mountains, silently turning, facing the wind.’
    • ‘The myths include the idea that Oxford Road is built on a ley line and so is believed by some to be an energy centre.’
    • ‘The shop fronts were hunched beneath narrow buildings that hinted at a medieval past; today they house bookshops, with shelves full of guides to instant-dowsing, ley lines, runes and crystal healing.’
    • ‘It was difficult to leave this place with the remembrance and the power of its deep ley lines.’
    • ‘The ley lines are found most frequently in areas along the west coast.’
    • ‘He locates ley lines, etc., and inserts carved granite ‘needles’ at particular points to enhance or redirect the flow of energy.’

Origin

1920s: variant of lea.

Pronunciation

ley

/liː/