Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To reverse the winding or twisting of.
  • intransitive verb To separate the tangled parts of; disentangle.
  • intransitive verb To free (someone) of nervous tension or pent-up energy.
  • intransitive verb To become unwound.
  • intransitive verb To become free of nervous tension; relax.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.
  • transitive verb To wind off; to loose or separate, as what or convolved; to untwist; to untwine.
  • transitive verb obsolete To disentangle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To wind off; to loose or separate; to untwist; to untwine; as, to unwind thread, to unwind a ball of yarn
  • verb transitive, obsolete To disentangle
  • verb intransitive, slang To relax; to chill out; as, to rest and relieve of stress
  • verb intransitive To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.

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

  • verb become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
  • verb cause to feel relaxed
  • verb reverse the winding or twisting of
  • verb separate the tangles of

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English unwindan. See 1st un-, and wind ("to coil").

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  • What do you do to try to unwind from a day's gauntlet of emotional and intellectual challenges?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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