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unreeve

[uhn-reev] /ʌnˈriv/
verb (used with object), unrove or unreeved, unroven or unreeved, unreeving.
1.
Nautical. to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc.
verb (used without object), unrove or unreeved, unroven or unreeved, unreeving.
2.
to unreeve a rope.
3.
(of a rope) to become unreeved.
Origin of unreeve
1590-1600
1590-1600; un-2 + reeve2
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  • unreeve the halyards, or round them up to the block at the mast-head with a knot in their end.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • I was busy in helping to unreeve the stay, when I was seized with sudden and violent cramps.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • We had first to unreeve all the ropes, and unbend all the sails.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • On examining it he found that he could unreeve some of the rope.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • Be careful to unreeve the clewlines through the quarter-blocks.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • To pass the end of a rope through any cavity or aperture, as the channel of a block; to unreeve is the opposite.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • To unreeve the running part of top-sail sheets, &c., to let them run freely, or for harbour duty.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for unreeve

unreeve

/ʌnˈriːv/
verb -reeves, -reeving, -rove, -reeved
1.
(nautical) to withdraw (a rope) from a block, thimble, etc
Word Origin
C17: from un-² + reeve²
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