noun, plural sleys.
the warp count in woven fabrics.
British. the lay of a loom.
verb (used with object)
to draw (warp ends) through the heddle eyes of the harness or through the dents of the reed in accordance with a given plan for weaving a fabric.
Origin: before 1050; Middle English sleye, Old English slege
weaver's reed; akin to Dutch slag, German Schlag, Old Norse slag, Gothic slahs
a blow; see slay