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[uhn-rohl] /ʌnˈroʊl/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, unroll is from the late Middle English word unrollen. See un-2, roll Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • unroll thy long scroll and say, have they won who first reached the goal, heedless of a brother's rights?

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • And with the word he began to unroll the parchment carefully.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • You unroll your blankets at the foot of a stately tree at night, unconscious and careless as to what tree it is.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • Has existence only to unroll a tableau, every detail of which is graven on my heart?

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • unroll a cheap cigarette and note the character of the tobacco in it, using a magnifying glass.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Now unroll the cylinder and the projection will appear as in fig. 2.

  • I fear that what I have seen will remain only as an embroidery upon the stuff that my memory tries to unroll.

  • They empty the contents of a bag and begin to unroll its slow length.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • I have found myself thinking of players who needed perhaps but to unroll a mat in some Eastern garden.

  • And did she give you that penny which was in the paper that I saw you unroll so carefully at the door?

    Rathfelder's Hotel Annie E. Bosworth
British Dictionary definitions for unroll


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unroll

early 15c., from un- (2) + roll (v.). Related: Unrolled; unrolling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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