Origin of twice-laid

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for twice-laid

Historical Examples of twice-laid

  • It is principally used in caulking the seams, for stopping leaks, and for making into twice-laid ropes.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for twice-laid


  1. made from strands of used rope
  2. made from old or used material or retwisted yarn

Word Origin for twice-laid

C16: from lay 1 (in the sense: to twist together)
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