unwind

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Etymology[edit]

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

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unwind (third-person singular simple present unwinds, present participle unwinding, simple past and past participle unwound)

  1. (transitive) To wind off; to loose or separate; to untwist; to untwine; as, to unwind thread, to unwind a ball of yarn
    Could you unwind about a foot of ribbon so I can finish the package?
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To disentangle
    • 1836, Richard Hooker, The Works of Richard Hooker, Volume 4, page 27:
      ... but being not so skilful as in every point to unwind themselves where the snares of glossing speech do lie to entangle them, ...
  3. (intransitive, slang) To relax; to chill out; as, to rest and relieve of stress
    After work, I like to unwind by smoking a pipe while reading the paper.
  4. (intransitive) To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.

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