One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
Old English slege; related to slay.
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