un·​roll | \ ˌən-ˈrōl How to pronounce unroll (audio) \
unrolled; unrolling; unrolls

Definition of unroll

transitive verb

1 : to unwind a roll of : open out : uncoil
2 : to spread out like a scroll for reading or inspection : unfold, reveal

Examples of unroll in a Sentence

He carefully unrolled the ancient scroll. I unrolled the new carpet. When we arrived at the cabin, we unrolled our sleeping bags. The hose will unroll if you pull on it. Last week, the government unrolled a new vaccination campaign. The scandal unrolled over the course of several weeks.
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Scientists, like the ones at Bell Labs, grow silicon in a tube as a single, uniform crystal, unrolling the tube, and cutting the resulting sheet up into what are known as wafers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World)," 6 July 2019 The scoreless game was paused with one out in the bottom of the third inning as the grounds crew quickly unrolled the tarp over the infield. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds enter rain delay for 2nd straight day in 3rd inning against Houston Astros," 17 June 2019 One woman unrolls the curler she’s kept in her bangs for hours and her blond-streaked hair bounces. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 Loosely roll up each circle around the rolling pin and then drape and unroll it over a pie plate; gently press into each plate and trim even with the rim. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 In April, Mayor Eric Garcetti unrolled his version of the Green New Deal, which would put Los Angeles on the same path. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Here’s how city dwellers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming," 12 June 2019 On a recent warm Thursday evening, a few dozen people unrolled their yoga mats on the lawn outside the Inlet Tower Hotel in downtown Anchorage. Anchorage Daily News, "Kids these days: Goat yoga gets a leg up in Anchorage," 8 June 2019 Neither means of access is very convenient: the roll top requires two hands to manipulate the latch and then unroll all the material, while access via the TIZIP requires one hand to grasp the bag firmly while the other yanks the TIZIP open. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "‘The world’s most versatile waterproof backpack’ review," 20 Nov. 2018 Roll dough onto rolling pin, then unroll into a 9-inch pie pan, centering the round. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Recipes From the Golden Age of the Luncheon," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of unroll

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unroll

: to make (something that has been rolled) flat : to smooth out (something that is rolled up)
: to make (something) known in a public or formal way
: to happen as time passes


un·​roll | \ ˌən-ˈrōl How to pronounce unroll (audio) \
unrolled; unrolling

Kids Definition of unroll

1 : to unwind a roll of
2 : to become unrolled

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