sleave

[ sleev ]
/ sliv /

verb (used with object), sleaved, sleav·ing.

to divide or separate into filaments, as silk.

noun

anything matted or raveled.
a filament of silk obtained by separating a thicker thread.
a silk in the form of such filaments.

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Origin of sleave

1585–95; Old English -slǣfan (only in the compound tōslǣfan), akin to slīfan to split; see sliver

OTHER WORDS FROM sleave

un·sleaved, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sleaving

sleave
/ (sliːv) /

noun

a tangled thread
a thin filament unravelled from a thicker thread
mainly poetic anything matted or complicated

verb

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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