- a fine silk thread separated from a large thread
- untwisted silk that tends to mat or tangle; floss
- Rare any tangle, as of ravelings
Origin of sleave; from Old English -slæfan, to separate; akin to slifan: see sliver
Origin of sleaveFrom Middle English *sleven, to disentangle, from Old English *sl&aemac;fan, to cut, from slaf, past tense of sl&imacron;fan, to split.
(third-person singular simple present sleaves, present participle sleaving, simple past and past participle sleaved)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.