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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. 2017.
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  • Dot felt quite sick, as she saw the reptile begin to uncoil itself, as it lay upon her.

    Dot and the Kangaroo Ethel C. Pedley
  • One of the Indians on horseback began to uncoil his rawhide saddle-rope.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • It was the work of a few seconds to uncoil them and to make one end fast to the spars they had brought.

  • At times he makes me feel as if he was a snake ready to uncoil and strike.

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • He knew that something was going to happen at last, and he began to uncoil his rope.

    The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill Charles Pierce Burton
  • The brief interval had given Avon time in which to uncoil his rope.

    The Great Cattle Trail Edward S. Ellis
  • As she spoke that weak thing within her seemed to uncoil, to grow suddenly tremendously strong; she longed to go!

    The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield
  • Some uncoil the shell, and seem to be returning toward the primitive type.

    The Story of Evolution Joseph McCabe
  • The snake tried to uncoil, but another blow broke his backbone, if indeed the first one had not done so, and he was in my power.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • They move; uncoil themselves, and join the crotalus; suddenly the room seems alive with the venomous creatures.

British Dictionary definitions for uncoil


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