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

  • transitive v. To spread or open (something) out or become spread or opened out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unroll or release something that had been rolled up, typically a sail or a flag.
  • v. To roll out or debut anything.
  • v. To turn out or unfold; to evolve; to progress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To loose from a furled state; to unfold; to expand; to open or spread

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spread or shake out from a furled state, as a sail or a flag.
  • Figuratively, to disclose; display.
  • To be spread out or expanded; open to the wind.

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

  • v. unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state


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  • Maybe I'm inured from years of baseball games and seeing the red, white, and blue unfurl from the Symphony Hall ceiling every time the Pops plays "The Stars and Stripes Forever," but any flag that every side can convincingly wrap itself in doesn't bug me that much, Eddie Izzard's warnings notwithstanding.

    Amo, lloro, canto, sueño

  • Then Barbara Bush is called in, and as she straddles Rush's face and looses the girdle, her two labia "unfurl" and reach "halfway down to her knees, like some big ball-less scrotum" ...

    aimless, aimless

  • The bonnie flags were a 'unfurl'd, a gallant sight to see,

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

  • While the Jewish DPs strove to rebuild their shattered lives and played a critical role in the struggle to establish the State of Israel, the non-Jewish DPs had no clear ideological or other mission other than to exist while waiting, mostly passively, for the next chapter of their lives to unfurl.

    Menachem Rosensaft: Review: The Long Road Home, The Aftermath of the Second World War

  • Speculation is rife that the Fed chief could unfurl new measures to stimulate the economy.

    Yen Slips After Japan Moves to Rein It In

  • In his 80-page Dentologia: A Poem on the Diseases of the Teeth and their Proper Remedies (1833) Solyman Brown, a New Englander, dentist and graduate of Yale, sought to offer reassurance, though his lines nevertheless unfurl a gloomy vista:

    The chair

  • It was good mental exercise, sitting still and letting the world unfurl.

    One Year’s Worth of Woe « A Fly in Amber

  • This is not to say that Conn's history wanders from its purpose -- to unfurl the many writers producing work in the 1930s.

    Joe Woodward: Occup(ied) America: A Literary History

  • For the first part of service, while most of the dishes are coming out of Pastry or Cold Station, eight or ten stagiaires on the center table carefully lift a petal from its draining rack, unfurl it once again, press all but its tip to the plate, and gradually form one circle, then another inside it, and a third inside that.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • He was carrying a crisply folded square of bright yellow material, which he tossed toward her, the momentum of his throw causing it to unfurl partially.

    Gideon’s war


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