Definition of unlay in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈleɪ/

verb (past and past participle unlaid)

[with object] Nautical
Untwist (a rope) into separate strands.
Example sentences
  • 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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