unlay

[ uhn-ley ]
/ ʌnˈleɪ /

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.

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Origin of unlay

First recorded in 1720–30; un-2 + lay1
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unlay
/ (ʌnˈleɪ) /

verb -lays, -laying or -laid

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