1 The twist given to the strands of a rope.
2 A share in the profits of a whaling voyage.
3 As a verb, it is much used by seamen and has a variety of meanings. A sailing vessel lays itscourse when, if close hauled, it can reach its objective without tacking; a ship lays to when it heaves to; topmen lay out on the yards in square-rigged ships when handling the sails; to layaftorforward is an order to seamen to move in the direction indicated.
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