from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. reed (of a loom)
- v. To separate or part the threads of, and arrange them in a reed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A weaver's reed.
- n. A guideway in a knitting machine.
- n. The number of ends per inch in the cloth, provided each dent in the reed in which it was made contained an equal number of ends.
- transitive v. To separate or part the threads of, and arrange them in a reed; -- a term used by weavers. See sleave, and sleid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete spelling of sly.
- n. See slay.
This is done with a wire hook called a sley-hook or reed-hook.
The sley was the most delicate part of the mechanism.
If they do call her BLAKE it would be so pointless to just add the "sley" part on the end of that name!
"sley" appears, I do not find that they were frequently used until the second or third decade of the succeeding century, though a few
As a mighty sley in the loom of time it seemed — in a sudden fancy of mine — to be beating home the picks of the years.
Eben werse–Grinch will nawt onlee putz antlurz on hed, himz will make u pull sley awn prezuntz-steelin missun.
Hao purrfekt, hoo but an evol kitteh wud maek a goggie ware gi-normus antlars n pull a sley all ovar taown?
In another essay, she explores all the funnies she has gotten when spell-checking texts about weaving “sley” turns to “sleepy”—just one of the many appropriate suggestions her computer offers her.
After looming, the warp, together with the healds and reed, are taken to the loom where the warp is then gaited, (i.e. the healds are connected to the treadle levers and to the reversing motion; the reed is secured in position under the sley-cap; and the warp sheet is straightened, tensioned and tied-in to a cloth fent attached to the take-up system).
The function of the top shaft is to rock the sley to and for through a crank and connecting rod mechanism.