• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sley A guideway in a knitting machine.
    • Sley A weaver's reed.
    • Sley (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.
    • v. t Sley 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sley An obsolete spelling of sly.
    • n sley See slay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sley slā the reed of a weaver's loom.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sl, fr. sleán, to strike. See Slay (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slǽsleán, to strike.


In literature:

Sley them not / lest my poeple do forget / but scater them abroade.
"A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful" by Peter Martyr
Good sley-makers could always command high prices for their sleys.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
There's a little ould fellow sittin' on the top of the sleys, an' all to be rocked while I'm weavin'.
"Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" by William Butler Yeats
And so shall they sley me and save the.
"The First Boke of Moses called Genesis" by William Tyndale