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withdrawn from a block, thimble, etc.


[uhn-reev] /ʌnˈriv/
verb (used with object), unrove or unreeved, unroven or unreeved, unreeving.
Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
verb (used without object), unrove or unreeved, unroven or unreeved, unreeving.
to unreeve a rope.
(of a rope) to become unreeved.
Origin of unreeve
First recorded in 1590-1600; un-2 + reeve2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

  • Employed when lower yards are struck in bad weather to prevent them from swaying about after the trusses are unrove.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Sometimes the halyards are unrove from the yard-arm and rounded up to the span-block, with a knot in their end.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • By the time the halyards were unrove, a wagon-load of men on their way to the beach, drove up, and stopped to look at the Ghost.

  • Bascomb, in spite of his temper over the giving out of the horse, knelt beside the animal and unrove the cinches.

    Motor Matt's "Century" Run Stanley R. Matthews
  • In a minute she had unrove them, and the long line lay in a little pile at her feet.

    The Two Admirals J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for unrove


verb -reeves, -reeving, -rove, -reeved
(nautical) to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc
Word Origin
C17: from un-² + reeve²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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