verb (unlaid; -laying) Date: 1726 transitive verb to untwist the strands of (as a rope) intransitive verb untwist

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  • Unlay — Un*lay , v. t. [1st pref. un + lay.] (Naut.) To untwist; as, to unlay a rope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unlay — [unlā′] vt., vi. unlaid, unlaying [ UN + LAY1, vt. 14] Naut. to untwist: said of a rope …   English World dictionary

  • unlay — verb To untwist. to unlay a rope …   Wiktionary

  • unlay — /un lay /, v.t., unlaid, unlaying. 1. to separate (a strand) from a rope. 2. to untwist (a rope) in order to separate its strands. [1720 30; UN 2 + LAY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • unlay — verb (past and past participle unlaid) Nautical untwist (a rope) into separate strands …   English new terms dictionary

  • unlay — un·lay …   English syllables

  • unlay — un•lay [[t]ʌnˈleɪ[/t]] v. t. laid, lay•ing 1) navig. tex to separate (a strand) from a rope 2) navig. tex to untwist (a rope) in order to separate its strands • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • unlay — /ʌnˈleɪ/ (say un lay) verb (t) (unlaid, unlaying) to untwist, as a rope into separate strands. {un 2 + lay1 (def. 20) …   Australian English dictionary

  • unlay — v.tr. (past and past part. unlaid) Naut. untwist (a rope). Etymology: UN (2) + LAY(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Marlinspike — For other uses, see Marlinspike (disambiguation). A typical marlinspike with a lanyard …   Wikipedia

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