Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To unravel or undo (something knit or tied) or become unraveled or undone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unravel.
  • v. To undo knitted stitches by reversing the knitting motion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To undo or unravel what is knitted together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To untie, as a knot; unwrinkle or smooth out; undo, as knitted work.
  • To become separated; relax.

Etymologies

un- +‎ knit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It will probably be unknit as soon as I can figure out what else to do with it.

    Presents Knits (...and other things too)

  • Ouuu, I been in there all that time, you nasty man. iv When I saw her come out of that box like a disinterred corpse out of a crypt, I felt a terrible, helpless horror come stealing through me, beginning at the heart and radiating outward, threatening to first loosen all my muscles and then unknit them completely.

    Duma Key

  • He scarcely appeared half his usual height; his joints were unknit, his limbs would not support him; his face was contracted, his eye wandering; debility of purpose and dastard fear were expressed in every gesture.

    The Last Man

  • Creslin's eyebrows knit and unknit, but he says nothing, suspecting that any answer will get him in deeper trouble.

    The Towers of the Sunset

  • Faith and hope in these doctrines as cherished by woman are the sheet anchors of our unknit civilizations.

    Woman on the American Frontier

  • Labor is pain to the soft fibers and unknit limbs of childhood, and to the impressible minds of the young, danger conveys a thousand fears not felt by the firmer natures of older persons.

    Woman on the American Frontier

  • _ Because the knot was knit by faith, and must only be unknit of death.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • _ If they be true love knots 'tis unpossible to unknit them; if false, I never tied them.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • The most dolorous of all moral tragedies knit and unknit the most often in silence.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Between detached snatches of talk, the girl fell into long moments of moody silence, and even tea and cigarettes did not unknit her brow or loose her tongue.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

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