uncoil

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Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ coil

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʌnˈkɔɪəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪəl

Verb[edit]

uncoil (third-person singular simple present uncoils, present participle uncoiling, simple past and past participle uncoiled)

  1. (transitive) To unwind or untwist (something).
    Can you help me uncoil this rope?
    • 1887, Harriet W. Daly, Digging, Squatting, and Pioneering Life in the Northern Territory of South Australia, page 174:
      I was walking up and down, putting her to sleep one evening, when I found myself treading on something most repulsively soft; and as I did so, the reptile uncoiled itself and quietly glided off the verandah.
  2. (intransitive) To unwind or untwist oneself.
    The snake uncoiled and prepared to strike.

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