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sleave

noun \ ˈslēv \

Definition of sleave

archaic
: skein
  • sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care
  • —William Shakespeare

Origin and Etymology of sleave


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sleave

verb

Definition of sleave

transitive verb
obsolete
: to separate (silk thread) into filaments

Origin and Etymology of sleave

Middle English *sleven, from Old English -slǣfan to cut


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