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[uhn-furl] /ʌnˈfɜrl/
verb (used with object)
to spread or shake out from a furled state, as a sail or a flag; unfold.
verb (used without object)
to become unfurled.
Origin of unfurl
1635-45; un-2 + furl
Related forms
unfurlable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unfurled
  • The latter payload successfully separated, unfurled itself, and has been exciting space scientists since.
  • unfurled, it shows a small clock with hands pointing to seven-forty-two, and a keyboard without letters.
  • Furry protesters scaled buildings, occupied production lines and unfurled banners.
  • It unfurled almost entirely in the phantom zone where fantasy and virtual reality overlap.
  • There isn't a vestige of a character among all the persons that flash on and off as the scenes are unfurled.
  • It is unfurled with such marked good taste and restraint that many an eye will be misty after witnessing this production.
  • As the film is unfurled one is bound to feel incredulous regarding the inability of the two to get back to civilization.
  • Each of the ship's seven sails can be unfurled and positioned via a network of buttons and dials.
  • Blueprints are stored unfurled and upright so that designs and schematics are stored for easy access and protection.
  • It will be brought to the courtyard, unfurled, and inflated.
British Dictionary definitions for unfurled


to unroll, unfold, or spread out or be unrolled, unfolded, or spread out from a furled state
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Word Origin and History for unfurled



1640s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + furl (v.). Related: unfurled, unfurling.

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