American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To untwist the strands of (a rope).
- v. To untwist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, to untwist, as the strands of a rope.
- v. To untwist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Naut.) To untwist.
“In teh grim darcnis uv deh footur der is unlay kitteh…”
“In the meanwhile, I had sent two men down to the wreckage of the masts to cut away a couple of the hempen shrouds and bring them to the camp, and they, appearing about this time, I set to work to unlay the shrouds, so that they might get out the fine white yarns which lay beneath the outer covering of tar and blacking.”
“Presently, as a result of some little thought, he brought out from the tent the long piece of hemp rope with which we had moored the boat to the sea anchor, and proceeded to unlay it, until he had all three strands separate.”
“This shows two strands, a and b, of the ropes, A B, knotted together, being drawn as tight as possible; we unlay the strand,”
“We unlay the strands of each of the ropes we intend to join, for about half the length that the splice will be, putting each strand of the one between two strands of the other.”
“To make this, we unlay the rope for the necessary length, reducing”
“Well, _Mister_ Paine," he cried, sarcastically stressing the title, "are n't you man enough to unlay a bit of rope and make a Flemish eye?”
“To make this useful splice, unlay the ends of the rope about four times as much as for the short splice, or from four to five feet, unlay one strand in each rope for half as much again; place the middle strands together as at _A_, then the additional strands will appear as at _B_ and _C_, and the spiral groove, left where they were unlaid, will appear as at _D_ and _E_.”
“The ordinary way of pointing a rope is to first whip as described (Fig. 4), and then unlay the end as for the Flemish eye.”
“Take the end of a rope and unlay one strand; place the two remaining strands back alongside of the standing part (Fig. 92).”
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