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
- intransitive v. To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.
- transitive v. To wind off; to loose or separate, as what or convolved; to untwist; to untwine.
- transitive v. To disentangle.
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
(I believe the currently preferred Wall Street term is 'unwind' -- as in 'unwind the subprime mortgage mess'.)
What do you do to try to unwind from a day's gauntlet of emotional and intellectual challenges?
In this situation the selling pressure is exhausted by the time the death cross occurs and now the sideline money and unwind from the hedges can actually instigate a rally.
But seriously, with the cathedral, the Devil's Staircase, the river and the architecture, it was really kinda idyllic -- a perfect way to unwind from a hectic fortnight of giddy traveling, and capped by a winding route home through the scenic small towns of the area, home to a bloody steak in plate-lickingly good port wine sauce courtesy of the culnary skills of Joonas.
It was his time to unwind from the day and change from being a colegue/boss/employee to a loving and caring husband and father he was.
Sometimes when we travel here to our “second home,” it takes me a while to unwind from the pressures of work and family life back in Michigan.
If he went into a bathroom and saw the toilet roll hung up to unwind from the back rather than the front, it drove him nuts.
Well, I'm going to unwind from a very odd day, and I need to send Jerry a note and let him know he won.
On the surface, this would seem to be negative for risk correlated trades, but given the size and speed of the recent selling, we view this recent move as a natural short-term unwind of overly sold positions, rather than a complete shift in sentiment.
That’s why so many take sleeping aids, anti anxiety, wine to unwind from a tough day.
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