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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There was a little gray in the sky now; so I stepped into the woods, and laid down for a nap before break- fast.
"If, when I tell you, dearest dear, that your agony is over, and that I have come here to take you from it, and that we go to England to be at peace and at rest, I cause you to think of your useful life laid waste, and of our native France so wicked to you, weep for it, weep for it!
Then, as the darkness closed in, the daughter laid her head down on the hard ground close at the father's side, and watched him.
Yet there were in the duke such boldness and ability, and he knew so well how men are to be won or lost, and so firm were the foundations which in so short a time he had laid, that if he had not had those armies on his back, or if he had been in good health, he would have overcome all difficulties.
His body was laid to rest in Makkah's Adl cemetery.
Digha, Patna: Foundation stone of sewage treatment plant with the capacity to treat 10 crore litres of sewage water per day has been laid at Digha.
Lay (past participle): Why have you laid that stupid magazine on the table I just dusted, jerk?
The past and the past participle of that coincide in laid. Note the following points: The past tense of the verb to lie (to make an untrue statement) is lied; its past participle form is also lied.
Do not smooth this mortar down - it needs to have a rough surface so that the brick can be laid.
GreenFields Sports Turf Systems had pointed faults in the field on which the astro-turf was to be laid which needs to be rectified.
The husband laid into the woman, but she was lucky not to be laid