verb (used with or without object)

to unwind from a coiled position.

Origin of uncoil

First recorded in 1705–15; un-2 + coil1
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Examples from the Web for uncoil

Historical Examples of uncoil

  • Diane blushed, but put up a hand and began to uncoil the tresses.

    Fort Amity

    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • One of the Indians on horseback began to uncoil his rawhide saddle-rope.


    Caroline Lockhart

  • This made it uncoil its tail; then he followed up the attack by a second blow.

    The Wanderers

    W.H.G. Kingston

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

    Uncle Terry

    Charles Clark Munn

  • He then commences to uncoil himself and straighten himself out.

British Dictionary definitions for uncoil



to unwind or become unwound; untwist
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