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Sley

Sley \Sley\, n. [AS. sl?, fr. sle['a]n to strike. See Slay, v. t.]

  1. A weaver's reed. [Spelt also slaie.]

  2. A guideway in a knitting machine.
    --Knight.

  3. (Weaving) The number of ends per inch in the cloth, provided each dent in the reed in which it was made contained an equal number of ends.
    --E. Whitworth.

Sley

Sley \Sley\, v. t. To separate or part the threads of, and arrange them in a reed; -- a term used by weavers. See Sleave, and Sleid.

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sley

n. 1 reed (of a loom) 2 A guideway in a knitting machine. 3 (cx weaving English) The number of ends per inch in the cloth, provided each dent in the reed in which it was made contained an equal number of ends. vb. (context transitive weaving English) To separate or part the threads of, and arrange them in a reed.

Usage examples of "sley".

I, now of some fifteen summers, was pasturing the goats not far from the house, the sky darkened, and there came up so great a storm of thunder and lightning, and huge drift of rain, that I was afraid, and being so near to the house, I hastened thither, driving the goats, and when I had tethered them in the shed of the croft, I crept trembling up to the house, and when I was at the door, heard the clack of the loom in the weaving-chamber, and deemed that the woman was weaving there, but when I looked, behold there was no one on the bench, though the shuttle was flying from side to side, and the shed opening and changing, and the sley coming home in due order.

Behold with this woman was I appointed to have to doe before the face of the people, but I being wrapped in great anguish, and envying the day of the triumph, when we two should so abandon our selves together, devised rather to sley my selfe, then to pollute my body with this mischievous harlot, and so for ever to remaine defamed: but it was impossible for me so to doe, considering that I lacked hands, and was not able to hold a knife in my hoofes: howbeit standing in a pretty cabin, I rejoyced in my selfe to see that spring time was come, and that all things flourished, and that I was in good hope to find some Roses, to render me my humane shape.

Payne and youths like Nefsky and Sley worried about Test and their Journey assignments.

Dead-lazy or not, Sir On- sley was going home rich as Croesus from prize money reaped by his squadron.

Behold with this woman was I appointed to have to doe before the face of the people, but I being wrapped in great anguish, and envying the day of the triumph, when we two should so abandon our selves together, devised rather to sley my selfe, then to pollute my body with this mischievous harlot, and so for ever to remaine defamed: but it was impossible for me so to doe, considering that I lacked hands, and was not able to hold a knife in my hoofes: howbeit standing in a pretty cabin, I rejoyced in my selfe to see that spring time was come, and that all things flourished, and that I was in good hope to find some Roses, to render me my humane shape.