- to open or spread out (something rolled or coiled): to unroll a bolt of fabric.
- to lay open; display; reveal.
- Obsolete. to strike from a roll or register.
- to become unrolled or spread out: The scrolls unroll easily.
- to become continuously visible or apparent: The landscape unrolled before our eyes.
Origin of unroll
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Examples from the Web for unroll
He had waited too often and futilely in the past for porcupines to unroll, to waste any more time.White Fang
Has existence only to unroll a tableau, every detail of which is graven on my heart?Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
And with the word he began to unroll the parchment carefully.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
This done, we began to unroll the wrappings of the holy corpse.Cleopatra
H. Rider Haggard
We unroll the charts, and differ in opinion over them more remarkably than ever.Rambles Beyond Railways;
- to open out or unwind (something rolled, folded, or coiled) or (of something rolled, etc) to become opened out or unwound
- to make or become visible or apparent, esp gradually; unfold
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Word Origin and History for unroll
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