Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To unwind or untwist or to become unwound or untwisted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to unwind or untwist.
  • v. To unwind or untwist oneself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To unwind or open, as a coil of rope.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unwind or open the coils (of).

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

  • v. unwind or untwist

Etymologies

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Examples

  • "What signifies a great clumsy boat that the brig could n't hoist in nor tow," answered Jack, coolly, turning short round at the same time, but not condescending to "uncoil" his arms as he did so, a mark of indifference that would probably have helped to mystify the captain, had he even actually suspected that anything was wrong beyond the supposed accident to the boat in question.

    Jack Tier

  • It took a ton of effort to "uncoil," and the teal were long gone by the time I finally managed get into shooting position.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • German police investigators triggered an international manhunt for Neil last year when they managed to "uncoil" his digitally altered, swirled internet photographs that showed him abusing a dozen young boys in Cambodia and Vietnam, some appearing to be well under 10.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • We dream of birds, watch them pepper the sky in migratory lines that coil and uncoil such hard instincts in deep September.

    The Other World

  • The first time I held it in my hand, felt its surprisingly not-slimy-at-all skin crawling over mine, watched it uncoil and writhe smoothly across and around my pale wrist, I was proud of myself.

    Dirty Secret

  • "It can freeze up, and trying to uncoil it is hard," he says.

    The New Cold Warrior

  • Angry is not even a suffcient word to discribe what I was feeling our marriage began to uncoil fast he was completely insensitive to my feelings and I could not tolerate that at all.

    The Angry Stage of Deployment - SpouseBUZZ

  • There is a momentum that takes place as the lineads uncoil upon the harmoniously positioned blocks of colors or the geomes.

    Bill Bush: Wake Me Up When September Ends: This Artweek.LA (September 5-11, 2011)

  • We bag the infant until the oxygen comes and then uncoil the tubing from the bag mask assembly to hook it up to oxygen flow.

    Between Expectations

  • She stands still, feels the cold silkiness of his parka against her cheek and waits for his scent to come back to her, slow to uncoil in the icy air.

    Healer

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