Definition of uncoil in US English:



  • Straighten or cause to straighten from a coiled or curled position.

    no object ‘the rope uncoiled like a snake’
    with object ‘she uncoiled her feather boa’
    • ‘I uncoiled my legs, and leapt to my feet, at the same time as I jumped forward, dodging further shots as they hit behind me.’
    • ‘I have to transfer my weight as efficiently as possible, coiling and uncoiling my torso to create maximum speed at impact.’
    • ‘He uncoiled a slim rope from his belt, looped it around a rock, and repelled down the wall into the crevice.’
    • ‘Gant's power comes from a compact swing that allows him to uncoil from the legs and waist rather than the arms.’
    • ‘Coil and uncoil - bring your hip back to where it started.’
    • ‘She coils and uncoils her long black hair as she speaks.’
    • ‘When it is uncoiled, the rope takes on its ‘true’ or active shape.’
    • ‘About six inches in front of her was a massive snake uncoiled and ready to strike.’
    • ‘She starts uncoiling the extension cord that attaches the modem to my computer.’
    • ‘We uncoiled our second rope, a hundred-foot hunk of 11 mm static that John sometimes used to tow his pickup.’
    • ‘Taxa within the group are variously unilocular or multilocular, spherical, tubular or uniserial, and coiled or uncoiled.’
    • ‘The knot cannot be unravelled but can uncoil like a snake, start up like the brain-fever-bird that disturbs any chance of rest.’
    • ‘If your transplant was grown in a container and its roots have become coiled inside the pot, be sure to uncoil and gently spread the roots apart before planting.’
    • ‘A tension is created that causes the coiling, intercalating network of matrix molecules to partially uncoil and straighten, restricting polymer motion and causing a more uniform conformation than in the unstrained matrix.’
    • ‘Or they may show the swaying effects of snakes as they coil or uncoil.’
    • ‘Rudely awoken, the snake uncoiled and whipped into the undergrowth.’
    • ‘The great singing actress's face contorts in contradictory directions; the fingers claw palpable holes into the air; the body coils and uncoils; the legs are in overdrive.’
    • ‘Suddenly uncoiling, he plunged his arm into it, his 225 pounds of muscle and sinew straining as he groped for something within.’
    • ‘Slowly uncoiling underneath the imposing Mount Rotui is the island's single coastline road.’
    • ‘Continuously land, squat and explode upward as if your body is a giant spring coiling and uncoiling.’
    untwine, disentwine, disentangle, unravel, unsnarl, unwind, unroll, unreel, undo, spread out, unfurl, open, open out, lay out, straighten, straighten out, unkink
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