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Definitions of Sleave

  1. The knotted or entangled part of silk or thread. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Silk not yet twisted; floss; - called also sleave silk. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To separate, as threads; to divide, as a collection of threads; to sley; - a weaver's term. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The part of a garment that covers the arm. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Soft floss or unwrought silk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. To separate or divide a collection of threads. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. To furnish with sleeves. To laugh in the sleeve, to laugh privately or unperceived, perhaps originally by hiding the face under the sleeve. To hang on the sleeve, to be or make dependent on others. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The knotted or entangled part of silk or thread; the refuse of the cocoon which cannot be wound off, but only spun. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. To separate threads; to sley. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Silk not yet twisted; floss; -- called also sleave silk. mso.anu.edu.au
  11. To separate, as threads; to divide, as a collection of threads; to sley; -- a weaver's term. mso.anu.edu.au
  12. To separate, as threads; to divide, as a collection of threads; to sley; a weaver's term. dictgcide_fs
  13. sl[=e]v, n. the ravelled, knotty part of silk thread: (Shak.) floss-silk.--v.t. to separate, as threads:--pr.p. sleav'ing; pa.p. sleaved. [Cf. Dan. slöife, a loose knot, Sw. slejf, a knot of ribbon, Ger. schleife, a loop.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. n. [Icelandic, German] The knotted or entangled part of silk or thread; silk or thread untwisted. Cabinet Dictionary
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