lay figure


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lay figure

n.
1. See mannequin.
2. A subservient or insignificant person.

[From obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, variant of ledenman : obsolete Dutch led, limb (from Middle Dutch lit) + man, man (from Middle Dutch; see manikin).]

lay figure

n
1. (Art Terms) an artist's jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp for studying effects of drapery
2. a person considered to be subservient or unimportant
[C18: from obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, literally: joint-man]

lay′ fig`ure


n.
1. a jointed model of the human body, usu. of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model; mannequin.
2. a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity.
[1785–95; lay, extracted from obsolete layman < Dutch leeman]

lay figure

A wooden model of the human body that is jointed so that it can be posed and arranged in clothing; used by artists and sculptors.
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Noun1.lay figure - dummy in the form of an artist's jointed model of the human body
dummy - a figure representing the human form
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lay figure

nGliederpuppe f; (fig)Marionette f
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She became impersonal and forgot her husband, only using him as a lay figure to give point to her tale.
Denise Bellon (1902-1999), Salvador |Dali holding an artist's lay figure (the chauffeur in the Taxi pluvieux), International Exhibition of Surrealism, Paris, 1938.
In the 19th century, the French manufacturer Paul Huot's development of the so-called 'mannequin perfectionne'--with internal skeleton, horsehair stuffing, 'garniture' of flesh-coloured silk stockinette and painted papier mache head--established Paris as the centre of deluxe lay figure production.