lying-in
noun (plural lyings-in or lying-ins) Date: 15th century the state attending and consequent to childbirth ; confinement

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  • Lying-in — is an old childbirth practice involving a woman resting in bed for a period of time before giving birth. Though the term is now usually defined as the condition of a woman in the process of giving birth, it previously referred to a period of bed… …   Wikipedia

  • Lying in — may refer to:*Lying in, an old childbirth practice *Lying in repose, the process of displaying a deceased person *Lying in state, the process of displaying a coffin …   Wikipedia

  • lying-in — [lī′iŋin′] n. confinement in childbirth adj. of or for childbirth [a lying in hospital] …   English World dictionary

  • Lying-in — Ly ing in , n. 1. The state attending, and consequent to, childbirth; confinement; as, a lying in hospital. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of bearing a child. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lying-in — /luy ing in /, n., pl. lyings in, lying ins, adj. n. 1. the state of being in childbed; confinement. adj. 2. pertaining to or providing facilities for childbirth: a lying in hospital. [1400 50; late ME lyynge in. See LIE2, ING1, IN] * * * …   Universalium

  • lying-in — ly′ing in′ n. pl. ly•ings in, ly•ing ins, adj. 1) med the state of being in childbed; confinement 2) med pertaining to or providing facilities for childbirth: a lying in hospital[/ex] • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • lying-in — /laɪɪŋ ˈɪn/ (say luying in) noun 1. confinement in childbirth. –adjective 2. relating to childbirth: a lying in hospital …   Australian English dictionary

  • lying-in — 1. noun The final stages of pregnancy; accouchement. from our first knowing each other, which was soon after my lying in, we were almost inseparable companions [...] 2. adjective of, or relating to childbirth …   Wiktionary

  • lying-in — ly·ing in .lī iŋ in n, pl lyings in or lying ins the state attending and consequent to childbirth: CONFINEMENT * * * ly·ing in (li″ing inґ) 1. puerperal. 2. the puerperium …   Medical dictionary

  • lying-in — ly|ing in [ ,laııŋ ın ] noun singular OLD FASHIONED the period of time just before and after a woman s baby is born, when she stays in bed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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