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[uhn-koil] /ʌnˈkɔɪl/
verb (used with or without object)
to unwind from a coiled position.
Origin of uncoil
First recorded in 1705-15; un-2 + coil1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Diane blushed, but put up a hand and began to uncoil the tresses.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • One of the Indians on horseback began to uncoil his rawhide saddle-rope.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • This made it uncoil its tail; then he followed up the attack by a second blow.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
  • At times he makes me feel as if he was a snake ready to uncoil and strike.

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • He then commences to uncoil himself and straighten himself out.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • The brief interval had given Avon time in which to uncoil his rope.

    The Great Cattle Trail Edward S. Ellis
  • The serpents around the witch's hat began to writhe and uncoil.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • The keepers fetched me, and I at once attempted to uncoil them.

  • His pigtail came unfastened and began to uncoil, slowly, like a snake.

    The Devil Doctor Sax Rohmer
  • Some uncoil the shell, and seem to be returning toward the primitive type.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
British Dictionary definitions for uncoil


to unwind or become unwound; untwist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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