Sleave
Sleave Sleave (sl[=e]v), n. [Cf. Dan. sl["o]if, a knot loop, Sw. slejf, G. schleife a knot, sliding knot, and E. slip, v.i.] (a) The knotted or entangled part of silk or thread. (b) Silk not yet twisted; floss; -- called also {sleave silk}. [1913 Webster]

Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sleave — Sleave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sleaved} (sl[=e]vd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sleaving}.] To separate, as threads; to divide, as a collection of threads; to sley; a weaver s term. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleave — index involution Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sleave — O.E. slifan to separate, related to SLIVER (Cf. sliver) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sleave — [slēv] n. [< OE slæfan, to separate; akin to slifan: see SLIVER] 1. Obs. a) a fine silk thread separated from a large thread b) untwisted silk that tends to mat or tangle; floss 2. Rare any tangle, as of ravelings vt. sleave …   English World dictionary

  • sleave — I. noun Etymology: 2sleave Date: 1591 archaic skein < sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care Shakespeare > II. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English *sleven, from Old English slǣfan to cut …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sleave — I. ˈslēv verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: from (assumed) Middle English sleven, from (assumed) Old English slǣfan to cut (whence tōslǣfan to cut up); akin to Old English tōslīfan to split more at slive transitiv …   Useful english dictionary

  • sleave — /sleev/, v., sleaved, sleaving, n. v.t. 1. to divide or separate into filaments, as silk. n. 2. anything matted or raveled. 3. a filament of silk obtained by separating a thicker thread. 4. a silk in the form of such filaments. [1585 95; OE… …   Universalium

  • sleave — [[t]sliv[/t]] v. sleaved, sleav•ing, n. 1) tex to divide or separate into filaments, as silk 2) anything matted or raveled 3) tex a filament of silk obtained by separating a thicker thread 4) tex a silk in the form of such filaments, esp. a floss …   From formal English to slang

  • sleave — /sliv/ (say sleev) verb (t) (sleaved, sleaving) 1. to divide or separate into filaments, as silk. –noun 2. a filament of silk obtained by separating a thicker thread. 3. a silk in the form of such filaments. 4. Poetic, Literature anything matted… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sleave —   n. anything tangled, especially thread; v.t. disentangle; separate into filaments …   Dictionary of difficult words

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