variants: or slay or sleigh \ ˈslā How to pronounce sley (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of sley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a weaver's reed
b : a movable frame in a loom that carries the reed
2 : a guideway in a knitting machine
3 : the number of warp ends per inch in a cloth
4 : a device in a lace machine that contains small holes through which some warp ends pass and is used in selecting the pattern
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Definition of sley (Entry 2 of 2)

: to separate and arrange in a reed the threads of (the warp)

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Transitive verb

sleyer \ -​lāə(r) , -​le(ə)r , -​leə \ noun, plural -s

History and Etymology for sley


Middle English sleye, slay, from Old English slege, literally, act of beating, stroke; akin to Old High German slag blow, Old Norse slagr, Old English slēan to strike, beat, slay

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