unreel

[ uhn-reel ]
/ ʌnˈril /

verb (used with object)

to unwind from or as if from a reel: to unreel some wire; to unreel a tangled skein.

verb (used without object)

to become unreeled.

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Origin of unreel

First recorded in 1560–70; un-2 + reel1

OTHER WORDS FROM unreel

un·reel·a·ble, adjectiveun·reel·er, noun
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