Definition of sley in English:

sley

(also slay)

noun

  • A tool used in weaving to force the weft into place.

    • ‘The sley mechanism swings to and fro. It is responsible for pushing the last pick of weft to the fell of the cloth by means of the beat up motion.’
    • ‘The fly shuttle oscillating sley works at a higher speed than the throw shuttle sley.’

Origin

Old English slege; related to slay.

Pronunciation

sley

/sleɪ/