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unfurl

[uhn-furl] /ʌnˈfɜrl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to spread or shake out from a furled state, as a sail or a flag; unfold.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become unfurled.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; un-2 + furl
Related forms
unfurlable, adjective
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Examples for unfurl
  • And then rain falls again, and the blooms unfurl wild color and vitality.
  • The wings unfurl and the dragonfly rests as it dries.
  • These structural elements unfurl into a long tubular shape, thus forming a deployed beam.
  • As air is pumped through the veins, the wings unfurl and straighten.
  • Later in the spring, white oak leaves will unfurl in a gray-pink-green pastel that is quite distinctive-and beautiful.
  • Each graduate can properly place an injured worker on a stretcher or expertly unfurl a fire hose.
  • We unfurl the flag of a nation which has never wronged any other people, and will submit to wrong from none.
British Dictionary definitions for unfurl

unfurl

/ʌnˈfɜːl/
verb
1.
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 unfurl
v.

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

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