[ sleev ]
/ sliv /
verb (used with object), sleaved, sleav·ing.
to divide or separate into filaments, as silk.
anything matted or raveled.
a filament of silk obtained by separating a thicker thread.
a silk in the form of such filaments.
Origin of sleave
1585–95; Old English -slǣfan (only in the compound tōslǣfan), akin to slīfan to split; see sliver
Related formsun·sleaved, adjective
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The Italian form is sciamito, "a kind of sleave, feret, or filosello silke" (Florio).The Romance of Words (4th ed.)|Ernest Weekley
British Dictionary definitions for sleave
/ (sliːv) /
a tangled thread
a thin filament unravelled from a thicker thread
mainly poetic anything matted or complicated
to disentangle (twisted thread, etc)
Word Origin for sleave
Old English slǣfan to divide; related to Middle Low German slēf, Norwegian sleiv big spoon
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