- 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
- to separate (a strand) from a rope.
- to untwist (a rope) in order to separate its strands.
Origin of unlay
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Examples from the Web for unlaid
But still, above and beneath and through every other odor, the unlaid ghost of Tammas's victim cried for vengeance.Dear Enemy
She roamed about the empty house with her footsteps tracked by an unlaid ghost.
Terrors and ghosts of unlaid accountants haunt the houses of their children from generation to generation.
With or without a crown, or a double crown, is made by intertwisting the unlaid ends of a rope in a peculiar manner.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
William and Mr Seagrave unlaid some thick rope, that Ready might make smaller and more useful rope with the yarns.Masterman Ready
Captain Frederick Marryat
- (tr) to untwist (a rope or cable) to separate its strands
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