unreeve

[ uhn-reev ]
/ ʌnˈriv /
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verb (used with object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.

Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.

verb (used without object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.

to unreeve a rope.
(of a rope) to become unreeved.

Nearby words

  1. unreconciled,
  2. unreconstructed,
  3. unreconstructible,
  4. unrecorded,
  5. unreel,
  6. unrefined,
  7. unreflected,
  8. unreflecting,
  9. unreflective,
  10. unreformed

Origin of unreeve

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + reeve2

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unreeve

/ (ʌnˈriːv) /

verb -reeves, -reeving, -rove or -reeved

nautical to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc

Word Origin for unreeve

C17: from un- ² + reeve ²

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