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unlaid

[uhn-leyd] /ʌnˈleɪd/
adjective
1.
not laid or placed:
The table is still unlaid.
2.
(of dead bodies) not laid out; not prepared for burial.
3.
not laid to rest, as a spirit.
4.
untwisted, as a rope.
Origin of unlaid
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English unleyd. See un-1, laid

unlay

[uhn-ley] /ʌnˈleɪ/
verb (used with object), unlaid, unlaying.
1.
to separate (a strand) from a rope.
2.
to untwist (a rope) in order to separate its strands.
Origin
1720-30; un-2 + lay1
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  • It was the unlaid ghost of his higher self that propounded these queries to the256 apparition.

    The Arena Various
  • William and Mr Seagrave unlaid some thick rope, that Ready might make smaller and more useful rope with the yarns.

    Masterman Ready Captain Frederick Marryat
  • With or without a crown, or a double crown, is made by intertwisting the unlaid ends of a rope in a peculiar manner.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Aus ungelegten Eiern werden spt junge Hhner—Chickens are long in coming out of unlaid eggs.

  • Terrors and ghosts of unlaid accountants haunt the houses of their children from generation to generation.

  • Are formed of clean, unchafed yarns, drawn from condemned rope, unlaid.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He has been like a distracted man, a wandering Jew, an unlaid ghost, ever since you have been ill.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • They relate a very few encounters with trolls—the hideous, unlaid, still embodied dead.

  • But still, above and beneath and through every other odor, the unlaid ghost of Tammas's victim cried for vengeance.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Eggs to be laid by hens whose great-great-great-grandmothers had yet to be hatched from eggs yet unlaid by unborn chickens.

    Jack and the Check Book John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for unlaid

unlay

/ʌnˈleɪ/
verb -lays, -laying, -laid
1.
(transitive) to untwist (a rope or cable) to separate its strands
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