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[uhn-reel] /ʌnˈril/
verb (used with object)
to unwind from or as if from a reel:
to unreel some wire; to unreel a tangled skein.
verb (used without object)
to become unreeled.
Origin of unreel
1560-70; un-2 + reel1
Related forms
unreelable, adjective
unreeler, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • unreel the cable in duct, do not take off the side of the reel.
  • Then place the reels on the bases so they unreel from the top and spin freely.
  • Divers unreel water-proof tape measures to determine the size of the wreckage.
  • Normally, a truck would be used to unreel and stretch the conductors.
  • unreel direct burial wires and cables alongside the trench and place carefully on the bottom of the trench.

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