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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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The company, which originally started out making bicycles, lays claim to making the first four-cylinder engine in 1902.
Peugeots have been sold on every continent in the world and the late 70s' 505 lays claim to being the only non-American built car to have been used as a New York taxi, it was manufactured in Argentina.
The use of, participation in, publishing or broadcasting of any statement or representation, which lays claim to a policy of continuing practice of generally underselling competitors, is an unfair and uneconomic practice," the proposal read, according to a story in Retailing on May 1,1933.
Coventry lays claim to the legend of the dragon-slayer and patron saint, who was said to have been born in a local castle with a blood-red cross on his arm.