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 receives.Pope.
There is neither pay nor plunder to be got.L'Estrange.
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. --
(Mining), earth which yields a profit to the miner.
[Western U.S.] --
Pay office, a place where payment is made. --
Pay roll, (a) a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due; now usually one word,
payroll. (b) the total sum of money which is paid to all employees on payday.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
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