Definitions

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  • n. In knot theory, a loop that is not knotted.
  • v. To undo (a knot).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To free from knots; to untie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To free from knots; untie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of

Etymologies

From un- + knot. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I had to dig for the wire, unknot it, and pull it free—in between the times I blacked out.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • Partly that's because I've hit a mental roadblock -- I need to step back and unknot some plotting stuff before I can progress, and because my brain knows that it's starting to throw a tanty.

    Urgent reading for all Aussie book lovers

  • It took an hour for Alma to unknot the nest of tangles Josephine had accumulated.

    The Lost Children

  • He could unknot it, of course, but he didn't want to.

    Widows and Orphans

  • He felt breath pumped into his lungs and strong hands began to unknot the cramp.

    TRIANGLE

  • Even though you may not like them, this is a really tough problem to unknot -- everything is sort of intertwined, and you move one thing and it breaks something else.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2009

  • “Sorry?” he asked vaguely, struggling to unknot his brain from gamma rays and neutrinos.

    The Sky Inside

  • Straighten them out, unknot them, and your life energy whether viewed as literal or figurative flows more easily.

    Three Christmases

  • How easy do you think it would be to untangle and unknot your piece of yarn?

    Nurturing Spirituality in Children

  • I pulled and tugged, untangled with my short fingernails, tried to unknot with a pair of sewing needles, etc.

    Knotty Problems

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