unscrew

verb
un·​screw | \ ˌən-ˈskrü How to pronounce unscrew (audio) \
unscrewed; unscrewing; unscrews

Definition of unscrew

transitive verb

1 : to draw the screws from
2 : to loosen or withdraw by turning

intransitive verb

: to become or admit of being unscrewed

Examples of unscrew in a Sentence

I unscrewed the jar lid. You'll need to unscrew the cover before you remove it.

Recent Examples on the Web

Turns out Knight found original paint by unscrewing the light fixture on the front porch and revealing what was hiding behind. Christie D'zurilla, chicagotribune.com, "The 7 very groovy highlights from ‘A Very Brady Renovation’," 12 Sep. 2019 Turns out Knight found original paint by unscrewing the light fixture on the front porch and revealing what was hiding behind. Los Angeles Times, "The 7 very groovy highlights from ‘A Very Brady Renovation’," 9 Sep. 2019 First, turn off the power to the switch, remove the cover plate, and unscrew the switch from its wires. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Digital Multimeter," 25 July 2019 The main idea of the challenge is to unscrew a bottle cap off of the top of a bottle with a roundhouse kick, without knocking the bottle over. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Celebrities Try (and Hilariously Fail) at the #BottleCapChallenge," 8 July 2019 The challenge has taken on many forms, with some participants using everything from cars, to jet skis (like Kendall Jenner), to their own voices (looking at you, Mariah Carey) to unscrew their respective bottles. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "15 Celebrities Who Nailed and Failed the Bottle Cap Challenge," 12 July 2019 Again, this will vary based on your components, but for me the process was to unscrew the two halves of the case, screw the PCB to the bottom of the case, and then reassemble the case with the circuit board and acrylic installed within. Jon Porter, The Verge, "How and why I built my first mechanical keyboard," 21 June 2019 The typical iteration of the challenge encourages people to place the cap on top of a water bottle — and try to unscrew it with a single kick, without moving the bottle itself. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Mariah Carey puts her own unforgettable spin on the viral #BottleCapChallenge," 7 July 2019 Jenner took the challenge to new heights and performed a pirouette pose on a moving jet ski, gracefully unscrewing the cap with the top of her foot. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has an Extreme Fashion Take on the Latest Social Media Challenge," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of unscrew

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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unscrew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of unscrew

: to loosen and remove (something) by turning it
: to remove the screws from (something)

unscrew

verb
un·​screw | \ ˌən-ˈskrü How to pronounce unscrew (audio) \
unscrewed; unscrewing

Kids Definition of unscrew

1 : to loosen or withdraw by turning Unscrew the light bulb.
2 : to remove the screws from

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