Definition of lay-by in English:



  • 1An area at the side of a road where vehicles may pull off the road and stop.

    • ‘We took the main road from Inverness that goes right along the Western side of the loch, stopping at all the lay-bys on the way down.’
    • ‘The cameras can be at the side of the road, in lay-bys and on motorway bridges.’
    • ‘Then the group set off up the narrow winding lane to the main road and the lay-by.’
    • ‘We had pulled into a lay-by between an articulated lorry and a car.’
    • ‘The men suffered only minor injuries and because of the damage to the car and the accident happening late at night, they decided to sleep overnight in the vehicle, in a lay-by.’
    • ‘He said he intended to press for a bus stop to be reinstated in a lay-by on the deceleration lane leading to the flyover, saying other lay-bys were used by buses elsewhere on the A64.’
    • ‘The vehicle then pulled into the lay-by and parked up for several hours.’
    • ‘Whether cars are abandoned in residential streets or remote lay-bys they do not send out the message we want.’
    • ‘It then pulled up in a lay-by, where the occupants were seen trying to set light to the fuel tank before they fled.’
    • ‘Work will also include the installation of new and bigger lay-bys, improvements to road drainage and the addition of a hard strip to both sides of the carriageway.’
    • ‘Every lay-by on every road is always littered with garbage.’
    • ‘They stop at the lay-bys and throw their rubbish out.’
    • ‘The decision was taken despite fears raised by people living near the lay-by on the B4632 road to Broadway.’
    • ‘You can relax just as easily in a lay-by the side of the road that is home to three-dozen cars, a toilet block and an ice cream van.’
    • ‘There is a lay-by on each carriageway, but 70 mph roads have those as well without anyone complaining that they represent a safety threat.’
    • ‘I drove it at speed with the roof off and waited for the howling to become so intolerable that I needed to rest in a lay-by for 20 minutes until the trembling stopped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The five-week scheme will also mean the closure of lay-bys on both sides of the dual-carriageway road at this point.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 7,000 motorists will be stopped on two separate days at undisclosed lay-bys, with police being used to tell drivers to pull over.’
    1. 1.1 A mooring area along a canal, river, or harbor.
      • ‘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.’



/ˈlā ˌbī/