Definition of unreeve in US English:

unreeve

verb

[with object]Nautical
  • Withdraw (a rope) from a pulley block or other object.

    • ‘Because the plate that is pivoted to the boom carries also the main winch, it is not necessary to unreeve the lifting ropes and the block.’
    • ‘All hands were then sent aloft, and for an hour or two we were hard at work, making the booms well fast; unreeving the studding-sail and royal and skysail gear.’
    • ‘A second man moves the yard and boats it, unreeving and coiling the halyard in the process.’
    • ‘This will provide additional boom length, reduce boom nose height, and can be accomplished without unreeving the main hoist load line 46.’
    • ‘That fellow swam off to the coaster - five hundred yards or so - with the end of a warp made up of all the running gear unrove for the purpose.’

Pronunciation

unreeve

/ˌənˈrēv/