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uncurl

[uhn-kurl] /ʌnˈkɜrl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to straighten or become straightened out from a curl or curled position.
Origin of uncurl
1580-1590
1580-90; un-2 + curl
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  • These leaves curl over at the tip, along with the buds, and they uncurl as the flowers open.

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

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • He swayed slightly, shifting his weight, and his big toe began once more to curl and uncurl.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • 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
  • The flower is to open more widely; the inner ring of petals must uncurl.

    Ruysbroeck Evelyn Underhill
  • After a time Richard convinced himself that the kink was a part of the pig's tail and stopped trying to uncurl it.

  • His heavy moustache seemed to uncurl itself nervously, and his jaw dropped slowly, as he watched Claudius leave the deck-cabin.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford
  • The head seemed the only thing alive about him, except that slow curl and uncurl of the laboring back muscles.

  • The withered fronds of last year are pushed off the fern by the new ones as they uncurl.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Then the great army column that has curled itself up like a caterpillar for the night begins slowly to uncurl.

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
British Dictionary definitions for uncurl

uncurl

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