un·​coil | \ ˌən-ˈkȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce uncoil (audio) \
uncoiled; uncoiling; uncoils

Definition of uncoil

transitive verb

: to release from a coiled state : unwind

Examples of uncoil in a Sentence

The spring began to uncoil.
Recent Examples on the Web The sudden tug caused the molecular structure of the PTFE to uncoil, creating billions of microscopic air pockets that added strength and porosity. Washington Post, "Robert W. Gore, company president and inventor of Gore-Tex, dies at 83," 20 Sep. 2020 The nocturnal road that uncoils in front of her is made up of lanes outlined in shimmering colors. Washington Post, "‘Sayonara Wild Hearts’: A bite-sized, pulsating blast," 26 Sep. 2019 Already those knotted neck muscles are beginning to soften and uncoil. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 Last June the fund uncoiled its biggest-ever loan: $50bn for Argentina. The Economist, "In Argentina, the IMF has been neither toxic nor triumphant," 21 June 2019 With a great snap, the rope spring uncoiled, releasing its deadly energy. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 But these are also young wines, and the more ambitious among them will benefit from aging five to 10 years to allow these complexities to uncoil while mellowing the rippling acidity. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2016 Dry German Rieslings: Graceful, Resonant, Delicious," 3 May 2018 But to wander around and uncoil the parts of my insides that have been coiled around those boys for my entire adult life. Jen Mcguire, Good Housekeeping, "I Raised Four Sons as a Single Mom. Now That They're Grown, I'm Off to Europe.," 17 Dec. 2018 After getting ahead 0-2, Hammel went to his best offering — a slider — only to watch as Bogaerts uncoiled for a 413-foot home run into the Red Sox bullpen in left. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Why Hammel's struggles — including in a 10-5 loss — come at a bad time for the Royals," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of uncoil

1713, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Uncoil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncoil. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncoil

: to make (something that is curled or coiled) straight

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