sleave

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1sleave

noun \ˈslēv\

Definition of SLEAVE

archaic
:  skein <sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care — Shakespeare>

Origin of SLEAVE

2sleave
First Known Use: 1591

2sleave

transitive verb

Definition of SLEAVE

obsolete
:  to separate (silk thread) into filaments

Origin of SLEAVE

Middle English *sleven, from Old English -slǣfan to cut
First Known Use: circa 1628

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