lay a moment


Senior Member
Da Vinci Code

The curator lay a moment, gasping for breath, taking stock. I am still alive. He crawled out from under the canvas and scanned the cavernous space for someplace to hide.

Can you explain 'lay a moment'?
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    No. It is the past tense of the verb lie. The context suggests that he lay on the floor, perhaps after something fell on him. He was lying under a piece of canvas for some reason...