- claym (obsolete)
From Middle English claimen, from Old French claimer, clamer (“to call, name, send for”), from Latin clāmō (“to call, cry out”), from Proto-Indo-European *kele- (“to shout”), which is imitative; see also Lithuanian kalba (“language”), Old English hlowan (“to low, make a noise like a cow”), Old High German halan (“to call”), Ancient Greek καλέω (kaleō, “to call, convoke”), κλεδον (kledon, “report, fame”), κέλαδος (kelados, “noise”), Middle Irish cailech (“cock”), Latin calō (“to call out, announce solemnly”), Sanskrit उषःकाल (uṣaḥkāla, “cock, literally dawn-calling”).
claim (plural claims)
- A demand of ownership made for something (eg. claim ownership, claim victory).
- A new statement of truth made about something, usually when the statement has yet to be verified.
- A demand of ownership for previously unowned land (eg. in the gold rush, oil rush)
- (law) A legal demand for compensation or damages.
- Demand ownership of land not previously owned. One usually stakes a claim.
- The legal sense. One usually makes a claim. See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
- To demand ownership of.
- To state a new fact, typically without providing evidence to prove it is true.
- To demand ownership or right to use for land.
- (law) To demand compensation or damages through the courts.
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- claim in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- claim in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911