Meaning of water-laid

wa•ter-laid

Pronunciation: (wô'tur-lād", wot'ur-), [key]
— adj. Ropemaking.
  1. noting a rope laid left-handed from three or four plain-laid ropes, in the making of which water was used to wet the fibers instead of the more customary oil or tallow.
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