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lay

1
a portion of the catch or the profits from a whaling or fishing expedition

lay

2
of, involving, or belonging to people who are not clergy

lay

3
1. a ballad or short narrative poem, esp one intended to be sung
2. a song or melody

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(design engineering)
The direction, length, or angle of twist of the strands in a rope or cable.
(metallurgy)
The direction of the prevailing surface pattern on a piece of metal after grinding, cutting, lapping, or other processing.
(mining engineering)
A share of profit.
References in classic literature ?
He lay down and waited, while the porcupine grated its teeth and uttered grunts and sobs and occasional sharp little squeals.
But the fainter glimmering of the stars, and the pale light in the sky where the day was coming, reassured me: and my eyes being very heavy, I lay down again and slept - though with a knowledge in my sleep that it was cold - until the warm beams of the sun, and the ringing of the getting-up bell at Salem House, awoke me.
Here I lay down, near a cannon; and, happy in the society of the sentry's footsteps, though he knew no more of my being above him than the boys at Salem House had known of my lying by the wall, slept soundly until morning.
It was there, among the hops, when I lay down to sleep; it was with me on my waking in the morning; it went before me all day.
Feeling also very faint and drowsy, I soon lay down on the sofa again and fell asleep.
Until last year, most surrendering cases happened in Homs and Damascus provinces, but now a growing number of militants lay down arms across the country.
Recently appearing on yMC TV, Bayyk talked about the government's assurance to the people that the PKK will lay down its arms as an act of propaganda ahead of the upcoming general election.
He said that the Taliban must announce ceasefire and lay down their arms if they want dialogue process to progress.
Most of us are not asked to lay down our life, but what we can do is lay aside our petty self-centredness by trying to be more understanding of others, more compassionate, more caring, more patient, more respectful of other people's views.
Or we can lay down our possessions to make provision for the poor.
The 34-year-old, above, twice lay down on the Stade de France track and refused to budge, convinced he had not caused the false start, though the reaction time showed he had.
I have heard evidence that he just lay down in the road and rolled under the taxi, but he could easily have been trying to roll out of the way.