un·​twist | \ ˌən-ˈtwist How to pronounce untwist (audio) \
untwisted; untwisting; untwists

Definition of untwist

transitive verb

: to separate the twisted parts of : untwine

Examples of untwist in a Sentence

untwisted the ball of thread
Recent Examples on the Web From there, the robot starts to untwist, like a spring that stores energy in its body. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 24 May 2022 Its robotic top twists off lids with the touch of the button, then the two padded, curvy arms press in on the jar's exterior while the motor spins the lid to untwist it in a flash. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2021 Allowing each of these fibers to quickly untwist produced a cooling effect, but its strength varied, depending on the material. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, 21 Jan. 2020 Researchers from the University of Bath in the U.K. have created a nanomaterial that is both twisted and untwisted at once, expressing both chirality and non-chirality. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2019 Stretching this setup actually untwists the line instead of twisting it tighter, reversing the warming/cooling cycle. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2019 Simply twisting and untwisting the rubber worked even better, with an average temperature change of about 12°C. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2019 By twisting and untwisting the fibers in a water bath, the researchers could measure their performance as coolants. George Musser, Science | AAAS, 10 Oct. 2019 In the team’s lab tests, an untwisting fiber spun a bit of paper at 600 revolutions per minute for a full five seconds. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, 11 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of untwist

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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27 May 2022

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“Untwist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untwist. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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