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    lay more along?

    I need you to explain the meaning of the following expression: "The sense offalling had ceased; and the motion of the vessel seemed much as it had been before while in the belt of foam, with
    the exception that she now lay more along."

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    Re: lay more along?

    "Lay" refers to the direction of the vessel relative to some other object or vector. To lay along something is to be pointing parallel to that other reference; to lay across something is to be otherwise.
    Without more context, I would assume that the vessel had been sailing into or out of the direction of the swell and waves (hence "sense of falling"), but was now sailing parallel to the lines of swell/waves.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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