unlaid

[uhn-leyd]
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adjective

not laid or placed: The table is still unlaid.
(of dead bodies) not laid out; not prepared for burial.
not laid to rest, as a spirit.
untwisted, as a rope.

Origin of unlaid

First recorded in 1425–75, unlaid is from the late Middle English word unleyd. See un-1, laid

unlay

[uhn-ley]

verb (used with object), un·laid, un·lay·ing.

to separate (a strand) from a rope.
to untwist (a rope) in order to separate its strands.

Origin of unlay

First recorded in 1720–30; un-2 + lay1
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unlay

verb -lays, -laying or -laid

(tr) to untwist (a rope or cable) to separate its strands
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