un·​spool | \ ˌən-ˈspül How to pronounce unspool (audio) \
unspooled; unspooling; unspools

Definition of unspool

transitive verb

1 : to unwind from a spool unspool the cable
2 : to execute or present artfully or gracefully unspooled a jump shot unspooling an intricate tale

intransitive verb

: to be presented or revealed on or as if on a motion-picture screen

Examples of unspool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The broader vaccination process will unspool gradually over the next year or so—in the US, 100 million people could be have access to the vaccine by the end of February, Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar recently told CBS. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 15 Dec. 2020 Roth also didn't want to make the type of film that would unspool in a high school social studies class, putting all the students to sleep. David Bauder, Star Tribune, 4 Dec. 2020 In a crisis, E-6 planes would get airborne and then unspool a wire antenna just over 5 miles long. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2020 Algorithms can unspool eerily limpid text. Election Sale. Tom Simonite, Wired, 24 Sep. 2020 While this year's Final Cut program will be online, Venice is going ahead with its regular physical program and will unspool this year's competition line up from Sept. 2-12. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2020 With that in mind, get ready to unspool this mystery that includes a questionable photo, a fake tattoo, and a farm. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, 26 May 2020 The comedian Maria Bamford spent her session unspooling one long tale about a disastrous visit to the Harvard Lampoon. Lizzie Feidelson, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2020 When the two got to talking, Gisin quickly saw a connection between the unspooling decimal digits of numbers in this mathematical framework and the physical notion of time in the universe. Quanta Magazine, 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of unspool

1940, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Unspool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspool. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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