Definition of unlay in English:


Syllabification: un·lay
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈlā

verb (past and past participle unlaid)

[with object] Nautical
  • Untwist (a rope) into separate strands.
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    • A knife is helpful here to get things started, but they unlay easily once you've gotten it going.
    • Hercules ropes are pre-formed, to minimize unlaying and its resultant cost during further fabrication
    • This will cause the rope to unlay and to some degree distortion of the rope will occur.


early 18th century: from un-2 (expressing reversal) + lay1.

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