Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
to unreeve a rope.
(of a rope) to become unreeved.
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How to use unreeve in a sentence
"The rope has swollen, sir, and the pendants won't unreeve," cried the middy in agony.A Simpleton | Charles Reade
Be careful to unreeve the clewlines through the quarter-blocks.The Seaman's Friend | Richard Henry Dana
unreeve the halyards, or round them up to the block at the mast-head with a knot in their end.The Seaman's Friend | Richard Henry Dana
To pass the end of a rope through any cavity or aperture, as the channel of a block; to unreeve is the opposite.The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
To unreeve the running part of top-sail sheets, &c., to let them run freely, or for harbour duty.The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for unreeve
nautical to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc
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