from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To withdraw (a rope, for example) from an opening, such as a block or thimble.
- intransitive verb To become unreeved.
- intransitive verb To unreeve a rope.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Nautical, to withdraw or take out (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb (Naut.) To withdraw, or take out, as a rope from a block, thimble, or the like.
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- verb transitive, nautical To
withdrawor take out, as for example a ropefrom a block.
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But he carried all sail till the rotten main-sheet parted at the boom, and when he came up in the wind to lower the sail the main throat halyard refused to unreeve.
Lower them down and let the falls unreeve, so that they will go adrift.
Now, then, unreeve y'r halyards! all clear there! pass the end for'd outside the rigging! outside! you fools!
He could not only splice a broken "fall," and repair the sheaves and friction-rollers in a hoisting-block, but whenever the rigging got tangled aloft he could spring up the derrick like a cat and unreeve the rope in an instant.
"You can unreeve the tops'l halyards," replied the captain, quietly.
At last, as I had repeatedly warned him, the mate singled him out one morning, and commanded him to mount to the main-truck, and unreeve the short signal halyards.
"The rope has swollen, sir, and the pendants won't unreeve," cried the middy in agony.
Do you, Walter, make a rope fast round the bits; unreeve the fore halliards, they will suit best, and are new and strong.
On examining it he found that he could unreeve some of the rope.
We had first to unreeve all the ropes, and unbend all the sails.