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 After the winner was announced, an Alabama staff member needed to unscrew the generic plate, lay on Smith's name, line up the screws and lock in the plate. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith gets to keep his. But what happens to those extra trophies?," 6 Jan. 2021 To release the stopper, disconnect the rods, then unscrew the nut where the horizontal rod enters the drainpipe. New York Times, "Do It Yourself Home Repairs," 5 Dec. 2020 Likewise, to clean the frothing wand, unscrew it from the machine and wash it with warm water, and remove the nozzle by pulling it downward. Landon Groves, chicagotribune.com, "De’Longhi Stilosa review: Is this affordable espresso machine easy-to-use for beginners?," 6 Nov. 2020 Cleaning the Stilosa was fairly simple: To clean the filter cups, remove the filter from the portafilter and then unscrew the filter cap. Landon Groves, chicagotribune.com, "De’Longhi Stilosa review: Is this affordable espresso machine easy-to-use for beginners?," 6 Nov. 2020 Then turn the bottle upside down, and unscrew the cap a turn, or two. Popular Science, "Wood filters, hot rocks, and seven other ways to purify water in the wild," 2 Nov. 2020 Scenes of showbiz ruthlessness are left to the man who is brutish enough to unscrew that bottle of ketchup. Armond White, National Review, "The Helen Reddy Biopic Brings Back a Self-Pitying Hit Parade," 16 Sep. 2020 Now, unscrew the switch from the box and pull it forward. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Replace a Light Switch," 4 July 2020 The first step is to pull the hose out, unscrew the stopper and let the water flow out of the hose into a cup or bucket. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "I was looking for distraction from COVID-19, and I found a lot of dirty things in my house," 25 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unscrew

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Unscrew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscrew. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unscrew

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


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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