Sleave Definition

sleaved, sleaving
A fine silk thread separated from a large thread.
Webster's New World
Untwisted silk that tends to mat or tangle; floss.
Webster's New World
Any tangle, as of ravelings.
Webster's New World
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To separate or pull apart (twisted or tangled threads)
Webster's New World

Origin of Sleave

  • From Middle English sleven to disentangle from Old English slǣfan to cut from slāf past tense of slīfan to split

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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