un·​kink ˌən-ˈkiŋk How to pronounce unkink (audio)
unkinked; unkinking; unkinks

transitive verb

: to free from kinks : straighten

intransitive verb

: to become lax or loose : relax

Examples of unkink in a Sentence

you should unkink the garden hose before you turn on the water
Recent Examples on the Web Like many manufacturers, Gilmour claims the hose is kink resistant and able to unkink itself. Kate Morgan, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2023 On the same day that President Joe Biden called out Russia and and issued harsh sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine, his only other public appearance was an event focused on the need to unkink the supply chain for minerals used in batteries, electronics and other technologies. Josh Boak, ajc, 22 Feb. 2022 The Swiss physician Roger Vittoz cradles Eliot’s head in his hands in order to read the sad poet’s brain waves and unkink them. Eric Bennett, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of unkink was in 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Unkink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unkink. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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