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unreeve

[uhn-reev]
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verb (used with object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.
  1. Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
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verb (used without object), un·rove or un·reeved, un·ro·ven or un·reeved, un·reev·ing.
  1. to unreeve a rope.
  2. (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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Examples from the Web for unreeve

Historical Examples

  • I was busy in helping to unreeve the stay, when I was seized with sudden and violent cramps.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • On examining it he found that he could unreeve some of the rope.

    The Rival Crusoes

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • We had first to unreeve all the ropes, and unbend all the sails.

    Peter Trawl

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Be careful to unreeve the clewlines through the quarter-blocks.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for unreeve

unreeve

verb -reeves, -reeving, -rove or -reeved
  1. nautical to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc
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Word Origin

C17: from un- ² + reeve ²
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