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[uhn-rohl] /ʌnˈroʊl/
verb (used with object)
to open or spread out (something rolled or coiled):
to unroll a bolt of fabric.
to lay open; display; reveal.
Obsolete. to strike from a roll or register.
verb (used without object)
to become unrolled or spread out:
The scrolls unroll easily.
to become continuously visible or apparent:
The landscape unrolled before our eyes.
Origin of unroll
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English unrollen. See un-2, roll Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unroll
  • Melt butter, add sugar and cinnamon, unroll crescents and place peach quarters in each one.
  • When the plant is done, the leaf will unroll and the insect exoskeleton will be released.
  • unroll the fabric in such a manner as to avoid snagging or dragging the fabric over sharp objects during installation.
  • unroll roofing membrane and allow it to relax before installing.
  • unroll roofing membrane and allow to relax before installing.
  • These results were then used to estimate the torque needed to unroll the wire under these low temperature conditions.
  • unroll it to prove a cylinder is made up of a rectangle and two circles.
  • On a flat, protected surface, unroll the first sheet or so of the roll.
  • unroll sleeping pads and spread them out in the trunk of your car to cushion fragile items from bumps.
  • unroll the water and air vent lines loosely in the trench from the standpipe to the indicator unit.
British Dictionary definitions for unroll


to open out or unwind (something rolled, folded, or coiled) or (of something rolled, etc) to become opened out or unwound
to make or become visible or apparent, esp gradually; unfold
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Word Origin and History for unroll

early 15c., from un- (2) + roll (v.). Related: Unrolled; unrolling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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