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To put the strands of (a rope, a cable, etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them; as, to lay a cable or rope.
Pertaining to wire & cable, the axial distance required for one cabled conductor or conductor strand to complete one revolution about the axis around which it is cabled.
n: 1. the spiral of strands in a wire rope either to the right or to the left, as viewed from above. 2. a term used to measure wire rope, signifying the linear distance a wire strand covers in one complete rotation around the rope.
The lay is the direction of the helical path in which the strands making up the rope are laid. If the strands form a helix similar to the threads of a right-hand screw, the lay is called right, or right-hand; if the strands wind around to the left the lay is called left, or left-hand. In Lang lay rope the wires in the strands and the strands spiral in the same direction.
1) As a command, it means to go in the direction indicated, e.g., "Lay aloft!" (go up) or "Lay alow!" (come down). 2) Of a line or rope, it refers to "the direction in which the strands are twisted" (Colcord). These two definitions, out of a host, are most pertinent to the Lady.
The distance along a cable occupied by one complete helix of a strand or conductor. The direction of lay (left or right hand) is the direction of the helix looking away from an observer. Also to arrange the wires or members of a conductor either by twisting them or by forming them into one or more layers helically applied.
Direction and angle in which the strands of a rope are twisted. Submitted by Piers from London, UK.
the way a twisted rope is constructed. Lay is either right hand or left hand. Also the amount of twist that changes the hardness of the rope. Soft, medium or hard lay.