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’
    • ‘About six inches in front of her was a massive snake uncoiled and ready to strike.’
    • ‘Suddenly uncoiling, he plunged his arm into it, his 225 pounds of muscle and sinew straining as he groped for something within.’
    • ‘Or they may show the swaying effects of snakes as they coil or uncoil.’
    • ‘She starts uncoiling the extension cord that attaches the modem to my computer.’
    • ‘Gant's power comes from a compact swing that allows him to uncoil from the legs and waist rather than the arms.’
    • ‘Continuously land, squat and explode upward as if your body is a giant spring coiling and uncoiling.’
    • ‘We uncoiled our second rope, a hundred-foot hunk of 11 mm static that John sometimes used to tow his pickup.’
    • ‘The knot cannot be unravelled but can uncoil like a snake, start up like the brain-fever-bird that disturbs any chance of rest.’
    • ‘Taxa within the group are variously unilocular or multilocular, spherical, tubular or uniserial, and coiled or uncoiled.’
    • ‘Coil and uncoil - bring your hip back to where it started.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She coils and uncoils her long black hair as she speaks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it is uncoiled, the rope takes on its ‘true’ or active shape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slowly uncoiling underneath the imposing Mount Rotui is the island's single coastline road.’
    • ‘Rudely awoken, the snake uncoiled and whipped into the undergrowth.’
    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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