[ waw-ter-leyd, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌleɪd, ˈwɒt ər- /

adjective Ropemaking.

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.

Origin of water-laid

First recorded in 1855–60
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