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uncurl

[uhn-kurl]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to straighten or become straightened out from a curl or curled position.
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Origin of uncurl

First recorded in 1580–90; un-2 + curl
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Related Words for uncurl

rectify, uncoil, spread, unravel, unfurl, even, compose, level, align, tidy, correct, unfold, neaten, order, arrange, uncurl, unbend, untwist, unsnarl, unwind

Examples from the Web for uncurl

Historical Examples of uncurl

  • The rest began to uncurl in the box, and she discovered what had happened.

    A Modern Tomboy

    L. T. Meade

  • The flower is to open more widely; the inner ring of petals must uncurl.

    Ruysbroeck

    Evelyn Underhill

  • He swayed slightly, shifting his weight, and his big toe began once more to curl and uncurl.

  • The head seemed the only thing alive about him, except that slow curl and uncurl of the laboring back-muscles.

  • The boys left the hedgehog to uncurl himself when he pleased, and next went to a cucumber frame where Charley kept a pet toad.

    Woodside

    Caroline Hadley


British Dictionary definitions for uncurl

uncurl

verb
  1. to move or cause to move out of a curled or rolled up position
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