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 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 How To Coil Cables Audio engineers swear by the overunder method of coiling, which retains the natural shape of the cord's internal wires and keeps them completely untwisted. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way to Wrap Your Headphones to Avoid Tangling," 30 Apr. 2013 When removing the cork, hold the top of the cage with your thumb to keep the cork in place and untwist the wire six times. Micaela English, Town & Country, "10 Ways To Drink Champagne Like An Expert," 15 Feb. 2017

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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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=untwis01. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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