Meaning of sleave

sleave

Pronunciation: (slēv), [key]
— v., n. sleaved, sleav•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to divide or separate into filaments, as silk.
—n.
  1. anything matted or raveled.
  2. a filament of silk obtained by separating a thicker thread.
  3. a silk in the form of such filaments.
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