- Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
- to unreeve a rope.
- (of a rope) to become unreeved.
Origin of unreeve
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Examples from the Web for unreeve
I was busy in helping to unreeve the stay, when I was seized with sudden and violent cramps.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
On examining it he found that he could unreeve some of the rope.The Rival Crusoes
We had first to unreeve all the ropes, and unbend all the sails.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
Be careful to unreeve the clewlines through the quarter-blocks.The Seaman's Friend
Richard Henry Dana
To pass the end of a rope through any cavity or aperture, as the channel of a block; to unreeve is the opposite.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- nautical to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc
C17: from un- ² + reeve ²
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