Pay, n. 1.
Satisfaction; content. Chaucer.
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.
Where only merit constant pay
There is neither pay nor plunder to be
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.
Pay (pā), v. i. To give a
recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not
again. Ps. xxxvii. 21.
2. Hence, to make or secure suitable return
for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth
the effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will
pay to wait; politeness always pays.
To pay for. (a) To make
amends for; to atone for; as, men often pay for their mistakes
with loss of property or reputation, sometimes with life.
(b) To give an equivalent for; to bear the expense
of; to be mulcted on account of.
'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your
wakings. Beau. & Fl.
-- To pay off. [Etymol. uncertain.]
(Naut.) To fall to leeward, as the head of a vessel under
sail. -- To pay on. [Etymol. uncertain.] To
beat with vigor; to redouble blows. [Colloq.] -- To pay
round [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) To turn the
Pay (?), v. t. [OF. peier, fr. L.
picare to pitch, i? pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch,
F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.] (Naut.)
To cover, as bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc., with tar
or pitch, or waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to
Pay, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Paid (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Paying.] [OE. paien, F. payer, fr. L.
pacare to pacify, appease, fr. pax, pacis, peace.
See Peace.] 1. To satisfy, or content;
specifically, to satisfy (another person) for service rendered,
property delivered, etc.; to discharge one's obligation to; to make
due return to; to compensate; to remunerate; to recompense; to
requite; as, to pay workmen or servants.
May no penny ale them pay [i. e.,
satisfy]. P. Plowman.
[She] pays me with disdain.
2. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly;
to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or
For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay
you. B. Jonson.
3. To discharge, as a debt, demand, or
obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required; to deliver the
amount or value of to the person to whom it is owing; to discharge a
debt by delivering (money owed). "Pay me that thou
owest." Matt. xviii. 28.
Have patience with me, and I will pay thee
all. Matt. xviii. 26.
If they pay this tax, they starve.
4. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to
perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
This day have I paid my vows.
Prov. vii. 14.
5. To give or offer, without an implied
obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a
Not paying me a welcome.
To pay off. (a) To make
compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off the crew of a
ship. (b) To allow (a thread, cord, etc.) to
run off; to unwind. -- To pay one's duty,
to render homage, as to a sovereign or other superior. --
To pay out (Naut.), to pass out; hence,
to slacken; to allow to run out; as, to pay out more cable.
See under Cable. -- To pay the piper,
to bear the cost, expense, or trouble. [Colloq.]