unreeve

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ reeve

Verb[edit]

unreeve (third-person singular simple present unreeves, present participle unreeving, simple past and past participle unreeved)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To withdraw or take out, as for example a rope from a block.
    • (Can we date this quote?) F. Hopkinson Smith, Tom Grogan[1]:
      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.
    • 1909, A. W. Dimock, Dick in the Everglades[2]:
      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.