un·​curl | \ ˌən-ˈkər(-ə)l How to pronounce uncurl (audio) \
uncurled; uncurling; uncurls

Definition of uncurl

intransitive verb

: to become straightened out from a curled or coiled position

transitive verb

: to straighten the curls of : unroll

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Examples of uncurl in a Sentence

The snake uncurled and slithered off. uncurled the ribbon and flattened it out
Recent Examples on the Web My heaven is alpine: krummholz giving way to granite, and the sky uncurling from fast-moving clouds. Gretel Ehrlich, The Atlantic, 2 May 2020 As the pro-United States crowd filling the stadium erupted in cheers, Rapinoe jogged toward the corner flag, uncurled a slow pirouette and lifted her arms to either side, like a bullfighter awash in adulation. Andrew Keh, New York Times, 7 July 2019 In the short clip, what appeared to be a snake or dragon tail curled and uncurled under video static. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, 21 Aug. 2017 Late spring is time for the white bells of salal, intermingled with uncurling fronds of new ferns, and one of my favorites: tiny starflowers, with their single pinkish-white, seven-pointed star shining from a cluster of deep green leaves. Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times, 7 June 2017 Using a water hose, uncurl it to make a straight line in the grass. Angela Peterson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of uncurl

1588, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Uncurl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncurl. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uncurl

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


un·​curl | \ ˌən-ˈkərl How to pronounce uncurl (audio) \
uncurled; uncurling

Kids Definition of uncurl

: to make or become straightened out from a curled position

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