from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reverse the winding or twisting of: unwind a ball of yarn.
- transitive v. To separate the tangled parts of; disentangle.
- transitive v. To free (someone) of nervous tension or pent-up energy.
- intransitive v. To become unwound.
- intransitive v. To become free of nervous tension; relax: liked to unwind with a cocktail before dinner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wind off; to loose or separate; to untwist; to untwine; as, to unwind thread, to unwind a ball of yarn
- v. To disentangle
- v. To relax; to chill out; as, to rest and relieve of stress
- v. To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To wind off; to loose or separate, as what or convolved; to untwist; to untwine.
- transitive v. To disentangle.
- intransitive v. To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wind off; loose or separate, as what is wound or convolved; set free or loose: as, to unwind thread or a ball.
- To disentangle; free from entanglement.
- To admit of being unwound; become unwound: as, a skein that unwinds easily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
- v. cause to feel relaxed
- v. reverse the winding or twisting of
- v. separate the tangles of
From Old English unwindan. See 1st un-, and wind ("to coil"). (Wiktionary)