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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Claim, n.
 1. A demand of a right or supposed right; a calling on another for something due or supposed to be due; an assertion of a right or fact.
 2. A right to claim or demand something; a title to any debt, privilege, or other thing in possession of another; also, a title to anything which another should give or concede to, or confer on, the claimant. “A bar to all claims upon land.”
 3. The thing claimed or demanded; that (as land) to which any one intends to establish a right; ; as, a settler's claim; a miner's claim. [U.S. & Australia]
 4. A loud call. [Obs.]
 To lay claim to, to demand as a right. “Doth he lay claim to thine inheritance?”