unwind

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unwind cause to feel relaxed "A hot bath always relaxes me"
    • v unwind become less tense, rest, or take one's ease "He relaxed in the hot tub","Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
    • v unwind reverse the winding or twisting of "unwind a ball of yarn"
    • v unwind separate the tangles of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Unwind To be or become unwound; to be capable of being unwound or untwisted.
    • Unwind To disentangle. "To disintricate the question."
    • Unwind To wind off; to loose or separate, as what or convolved; to untwist; to untwine; as, to unwind thread; to unwind a ball of yarn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unwind To wind off; loose or separate, as what is wound or convolved; set free or loose: as, to unwind thread or a ball.
    • unwind To disentangle; free from entanglement.
    • unwind To admit of being unwound; become unwound: as, a skein that unwinds easily.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unwind un-wīnd′ to wind down or off
    • v.i Unwind to become unwound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. unwindan,. See 1st Un-, and Wind to coil

Usage

In literature:

Take hold of it by the tail, and unwind it from his wrist.
"Yussuf the Guide" by George Manville Fenn
The road under them was like a rapidly unwinding ribbon.
"The World Peril of 1910" by George Griffith
How could a fellow take miles of cotton in his pocket to unwind!
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
The girl smiled at me in parting, and, unwinding the veil from about her breast, flew into the air.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Eleanor sinks into a chair, slowly unwinds her veil, and flings her hat impatiently upon the sofa.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
So Madge pulled more slowly and carefully at Tania's frock, unwinding it from the spar that held it.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
I go to my den on the mountain side, unwinding my fate.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Then he began to unwind the flannel cover from his gun.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
Then Mukna's head began to droop and droop; and his trunk began to unwind.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
We want to have you take us to the North Pole and unwind about six years.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
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In poetry:

Dim or unheard, the words may fall,
And yet the heaven-taught mind
May learn the sacred air, and all
The harmony unwind.
"Cathchism" by John Keble
Too slow are they for wrath to hatch,
Too hot for time to rear.
Old Kraken kept unwinding watch;
He marked his day appear.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
'Since you nave found me out, I go;
Another lover I must find,
Content his happiness to know,
Nor strive its secret to unwind.'
"Self-Study" by James Russell Lowell
Her husband, pierced with new alarm,
Bent nigh to ask of her distresses,
Enclasping her with sheltering arm,
Unwinding by discreet caresses,
The thread of harm.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Far away towards the sunset I can see a narrow river,
That unwinds itself in red tranquillity;
I can hear its rippled meeting, and the gurgle of its greeting,
As it mingles with the loved and long sought sea.
"Ojira, To Her Lover" by Laurence Hope
Joy smiles in the fountain, health flows in the rills,
As their ribbons of silver unwind from the hills;
They breathe not the mist of the bacchanal’s dream,
But the lilies of innocence float on their stream.
"Song. For a Temperance Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The Senate overwhelmingly passed its first major change to the Wall Street reform package Wednesday, approving a bipartisan deal to unwind big financial firms that are considered too big to fail.
Bernanke Outlines Plan to Unwind Fed's Crisis Policies.
'Watching the fates unwind '.
Take a break and learn to unwind .
How Does Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Unwind .
After the race, unwind and enjoy a post race celebration with live music, hot cocoa , food, clowns, face painting, vendor giveaways and much more.
Reuters unwinds how the online retail giant avoided taxes via Luxembourg.
I have had one of those weeks where I could enjoy a few beverages just to unwind.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Summer vacations are great for unwinding, unless you're "traveling for two".
"I'm very passionate about the chance to discover and explore , to be at the right place at the right time to unwind mysteries," Trotter said.
We went as often as we could to the north to relax, unwind and slow down.
To President Barack Obama and to all winners of US House and Senate seats, we say this: take this one more day to celebrate your victories and unwind.
On Sunday, my article on the trip ran in the Unwind section.
WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday that President Barack Obama likely would veto upcoming legislation that would unwind net- neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission adopted last year.
The city of San Diego will oversee the unwinding of its redevelopment agencies.
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In science:

Furthermore, while evolution under Jij (i, j 6= 1) commutes with a pulse on spin 1 and can thus be perfectly reversed, the optimal values of τ to unwind J1i and Jj k evolution lie much closer together if the τ ’s are placed symmetrically.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
However, in order to unwind Jij , we need τ to be 1.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
We can thus set τ to the optimal value for unwinding Jj k and obtain an excellent net single-qubit 180◦ rotation.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
Further fin e-tuning can be done if different negative evolution times are allowed to unwind different coupling terms.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
The back to back Gaussian 90◦ pulses very poorly unwind any J ’s involving one or both selected spins.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
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