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[waw-ter-leyd, wot-er-]
adjective Ropemaking.
  1. noting a rope laid left-handed from three or four plain-laid ropes, in the making of which water was used to wet the fibers instead of the more customary oil or tallow.
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Origin of water-laid

First recorded in 1855–60
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Historical Examples of water-laid

  • Thus they belong to a group of what are called 'water-laid' rocks.


    Charles E. Kelsey

  • The lower part of this valley was filled with the water-laid drift of the overwash plain.