unreeve

[ uhn-reev ]
/ ʌnˈriv /

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.

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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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