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[uhn-skroo] /ʌnˈskru/
verb (used with object)
to draw or loosen a screw from (a hinge, bracket, etc.).
to unfasten or withdraw by turning, as a screw or lid.
to open (a jar, bottle, etc.) by turning the lid or cover.
verb (used without object)
to permit of being unscrewed.
Origin of unscrew
First recorded in 1595-1605; un-2 + screw Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was also a pistol-key to unscrew the pistol for the purpose of loading, and some sand-paper and a pistol-mould.

  • In silence she began to unscrew it, and he, seeing what she was trying to do, helped her.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
  • With strong twists of her big hands Lydia began to unscrew the filigreed bronze bowl.

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • Experiment 12.2 unscrew the bell from a doorbell or a telephone.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • unscrew the side and bore holes in the center of the sides for the axle.

  • After a long whispered consultation, they resolved to unscrew the hinges.

  • It was the work of but a minute to unscrew the spark plugs from the tops of the cylinders.

  • The girl brings it into the kitchen, and proceeds to unscrew the top.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • It was the work of only a few seconds to unscrew the bells, which he placed on the desk.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I got a screw-driver and handed it over to her telling her to unscrew the lock.

    The Van Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for unscrew


(transitive) to draw or remove a screw from (an object)
(transitive) to loosen (a screw, lid, etc) by rotating continuously, usually in an anticlockwise direction
(intransitive) (esp of an engaged threaded part) to become loosened or separated: the lid wouldn't unscrew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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