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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.
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Whataburger operational officials recently toured Benton and Washington counties to get a lay of the land.
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For the new attorneys wanting to get a lay of the land and observe trials and hearings in progress, an extended tour of the main courthouse commenced after the breakfast.
It is safe to say that we know the battlefield and we know the lay of the land; and so, what the reforms are will be in response to the lay of the land," he told reporters in a briefing.
He begins to fill that void by offering commentary on the trilogy completed in 2006 with The Lay of the Land.
Those organising the meeting between Mr Medvedev and the executives like Mr Janahi said it would provide foreign businesspeople with an opportunity to get a better lay of the land following Mr Medvedev's move to the Kremlin.
VILLAGERS can find out more about the lay of the land at a meeting next week.
Part of what makes The Lay of the Land so dazzling is the way in which Ford repeats certain motifs from the earlier novels, and expands them, and the way certain events, places and characters echo or comment upon those that have come before.
No stranger to the nation's capital, International Franchise Association Chairman Lawrence "Doc" Cohen nevertheless felt the need to get a closer look at the lay of the land between 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill where he'll lead a charge of franchising-community activists coming to Washington, D.
The teacher showed us how maps record not only the lay of the land, but the human experience on it.
When I put this in perspective with the fact that the widely varied vegetation of the area (which also affected deer movement) grew where it did because of the terrain, I got an even greater appreciation for the importance of the lay of the land.