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

  • transitive v. To draw out the thread from.
  • transitive v. To find one's way out of (a labyrinth, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove a thread from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To draw or take out a thread from.
  • transitive v. To deprive of ligaments; to loose the ligaments of.
  • transitive v. To make one's way through; to traverse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw or take out a thread from: as, to unthread a needle.
  • To relax the ligaments of; loosen.
  • To find one's way through.


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  • She is smart enough to best most of the girls and all of the boys in her math class, where complex variables and prime roots unthread themselves on the page, yielding their solutions before she can put the point of her pencil to the paper.

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  • I wonder if the bottle would unthread itself from the cap as you rode?

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  • I unclip my harness from the supporting rope system, unthread the waist belt from its double-back safety ring, and drop the harness around my legs to my feet.

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  • We tried to force it through coiled, but in the end had to take the end and laboriously unthread it. '

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  • Feverishly I began to unwind and unthread the binding fiber on my ankles.

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  • Exact knowledge of the dog, for instance, as to his power to discriminate color, to unthread a labyrinth, and the like, counts for so much less in the real values of human life than love and companionship with the dog, and appreciation of his natural capacity to get on in life.

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