- simple past tense and past participle of unreeve.
- withdrawn from a block, thimble, etc.
- 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 unrove
The ropes were then unrove and secured to another rock or tree.Dick Onslow
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
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.Moran of the Lady Letty
Already a man had unrove the fore-signal-halyards, the sailors raised a shout and the coiled rope was thrown.The Tale of Timber Town
- nautical to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc
C17: from un- ² + reeve ²
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