Pay Pay, n. 1. Satisfaction; content. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier. [1913 Webster]

Where only merit constant pay receives. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

There is neither pay nor plunder to be got. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

{Full pay}, the whole amount of wages or salary; maximum pay; especially, the highest pay or allowance to civil or military officers of a certain rank, without deductions.

{Half pay}. See under {Half}.

{Pay day}, the day of settlement of accounts.

{Pay dirt} (Mining), earth which yields a profit to the miner. [Western U.S.]

{Pay office}, a place where payment is made.

{Pay roll}, a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Pay — (p[=a]), v. i. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt. [1913 Webster] The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again. Ps. xxxvii. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to make or secure suitable return for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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