un·​lay ˌən-ˈlā How to pronounce unlay (audio)
unlaid ˌən-ˈlād How to pronounce unlay (audio) ; unlaying

transitive verb

: to untwist the strands of
unlay a rope

Examples of unlay in a Sentence

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

Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of unlay was in 1726

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Cite this Entry

“Unlay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlay. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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