water laid

water-laid

[waw-ter-leyd, wot-er-]
adjective Ropemaking.
noting a rope laid left-handed from three or four plain-laid ropes, in the making of which water was used to wet the fibers instead of the more customary oil or tallow.

Origin:
1855–60

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