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

Too loose and there's the danger of the nut or bolt spontaneously unscrewing down the road. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 The robot unscrews its lower foot, then collapses its body until the two feet are near each other. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Robotic Worm Could Someday Climb Alien Ice Spikes," 13 Dec. 2018 For example, anyone tuning in to watch a spacewalk on NASA TV will see splendid views of Earth in the background as two astronauts float around holding funny tools, slowly unscrewing this, or installing that. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the all-American voyage to the last world in the Solar System," 3 July 2018 Ed opened the hatch, got on his knees, and reached almost shoulder-deep to unscrew the bailer cap. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Recyclers quickly stripped their wiring, while others unscrewed light bulbs to be proudly dangled on cords around their necks. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguans battle over symbols amid unrest," 15 June 2018 Then use an adjustable wrench to loosen and unscrew the old showerhead. Daniel Bortz, sacbee, "Four home-improvement jobs you can knock out," 15 June 2018 Another male unscrewed the diamond earrings from his ears, Martin testified. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Co-defendant testifies against three longtime friends in killing of twin," 21 May 2018 After Tim Jackson strung his blue Christmas lights around his blue spruce, Tom Spencer planned to sneak over to Hopedale, unscrew the bulbs one by one, and replace them with white lights. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of unscrew

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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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