[ uhn-koil ]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to unwind from a coiled position.

Origin of uncoil

First recorded in 1705–15; un-2 + coil1

Words Nearby uncoil

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How to use uncoil in a sentence

  • Instead, we see him shielding his face from the world, the release of tension visible as if a spring has uncoiled in his body.

  • Now it was contrary to all the most rigid laws of the porcupine kind to uncoil themselves in the face of danger.

    The Backwoodsmen | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • 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
  • I of course at once told him to uncoil it and get on the arte, from which he was not more than fifteen feet distant.

  • Carney saw him uncoil from his waist an ordinary packing rope; it was not a lariat, being short.

    Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser
  • For a second it seemed as if Cephas Langdon would uncoil and leap at the presumptuous underling with the big chin.

British Dictionary definitions for uncoil


/ (ʌnˈkɔɪl) /

  1. to unwind or become unwound; untwist

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