The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pay \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.
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.
(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
[1913 Webster +PJC]