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unrove

[uhn-rohv]Nautical
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. simple past tense and past participle of unreeve.
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adjective
  1. withdrawn from a block, thimble, etc.
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unreeve

[uhn-reev]
verb (used with object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.
  1. Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
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verb (used without object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.
  1. to unreeve a rope.
  2. (of a rope) to become unreeved.
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Origin of unreeve

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + reeve2
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Historical Examples

  • The ropes were then unrove and secured to another rock or tree.

    Dick Onslow

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • But what did you do with the Manilla hemp arter you unrove the hawser?

    On Board the Esmeralda

    John Conroy Hutcheson

  • The ropes were unrove, the hands were piped down, and the boats returned to their respective ships.

    Will Weatherhelm

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The schooner's fore and main sheets, that had not been made fast, unrove at the first gust and began to slat wildly in the wind.

  • Already a man had unrove the fore-signal-halyards, the sailors raised a shout and the coiled rope was thrown.


British Dictionary definitions for unrove

unreeve

verb -reeves, -reeving, -rove or -reeved
  1. nautical to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc
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Word Origin

C17: from un- ² + reeve ²
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