unlay

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verb un·lay \ˌən-ˈlā\

Definition of unlay

unlaid

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unlaying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to untwist the strands of unlay a rope

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  untwist

Examples of unlay in a Sentence

  1. our tour guide at the maritime museum showed us how sailors used to unlay rope

1726

First Known Use of unlay

1726



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