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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To take out the screw or screws from.
  • transitive v. To loosen, adjust, or remove by rotating.
  • intransitive v. To become or allow to become unscrewed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To loosen a thing by turning it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To draw the screws from; to loose from screws; to loosen or withdraw (anything, as a screw) by turning it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw the screws from; unfasten by taking out screws; also, to loosen (a screw) by turning it so as to withdraw it: often used figuratively.

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

  • v. loosen by turning
  • v. loosen something by unscrewing it

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