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 Rather than scrub the floor or wall, homeowners of the future would simply unscrew the brass and peel off the dirty paper, revealing the clean layer below. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 The principal told the Phoenix that Johnson jumped into action after one of his classmates at the 6th and 7th Grade Academy accidentally swallowed a water bottle cap after attempting to unscrew it with his mouth. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 23 Dec. 2021 When the blades gets dull, just unscrew the knobs on either side to remove and swap them out—a nice money-saving feature compared to other vegetable slicers with non-replaceable blades. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appétit, 20 Oct. 2021 With a bucket nearby, use a wrench to unscrew the slip nut on the P-trap pipe. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 17 June 2021 Make sure your fan is unplugged prior to cleaning, and gather a Phillips screwdriver or other tool needed to unscrew the grill piece that covers the blades. Samantha Hunter, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2021 Trying to unscrew the safety cap on my pain relievers even brought me to tears on more than one occasion. Chloe Toscano, SELF, 30 July 2021 To fill or clean, simply unscrew the base from the bottom and pour in your nectar or warm water to wash it out. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 June 2021 Details were so realistic that there was a report of someone later trying to unscrew and steal a set of trompe l’oeil shutters off the front of one building. Janet Kusterer, baltimoresun.com, 14 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unscrew

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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17 Apr 2022

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“Unscrew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unscrew. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unscrew


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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