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

Definition of untwist

transitive verb

: to separate the twisted parts of : untwine

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Examples of untwist in a Sentence

untwisted the ball of thread
Recent Examples on the Web Allowing each of these fibers to quickly untwist produced a cooling effect, but its strength varied, depending on the material. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "A Simple Twist of Thermodynamics Could Lead to Greener Refrigeration," 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, "We Can Learn a Lot from the Twisted Molecules in Seashells," 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, "What if your refrigerator cooled your food by twisting wires?," 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, "What if your refrigerator cooled your food by twisting wires?," 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, "A fridge made from a rubber band? Twisted elastic fibers could cool your food," 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, "A New Twist on Artificial Muscles," 11 July 2019 Turner’s demand to end the trend comes after Kendall Jenner posted a clip of herself untwisting a bottle cap while riding a jet ski and wearing a tiny green bikini on Monday. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Sophie Turner Hilariously Puts an End to Bottle Cap Challenge by Opening and Drinking Her Wine," 12 July 2019 The goal is to untwist the cap with a spin kick, without moving the bottle itself. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Bottle cap challenge: Pop star’s surprising entry in latest viral trend," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of untwist

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Untwist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untwist. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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