unwound


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un·wound

 (ŭn-wound′)
v.
Past tense and past participle of unwind.

unwound

(ʌnˈwaʊnd)
vb
the past tense and past participle of unwind

un•wind

(ʌnˈwaɪnd)

v. -wound, -wind•ing. v.t.
1. to undo or loosen from or as if from a coiled condition.
2. to relieve of tension; relax.
3. to disentangle or disengage; untwist.
v.i.
4. to become unwound.
5. to become relieved of tension; relax.
[1275–1325]
Translations

unwind

(anˈwaind) past tense, past participle unˈwound (-ˈwaund) verb
1. to take or come out of a coiled or wound position. He unwound the bandage from his ankle.
2. to relax after a period of tension. Give me a chance to unwind!
References in classic literature ?
Here Alice wound two or three turns of the worsted round the kitten's neck, just to see how it would look: this led to a scramble, in which the ball rolled down upon the floor, and yards and yards of it got unwound again.
Now for number three: you unwound every bit of the worsted while I wasn't looking!
A coil of new tow-line was then unwound, and some fathoms of it taken to the windlass, and stretched to a great tension.
It lay so hidden, and the way to it was so hard to find, that he himself could not have found it out had not a wise-woman given him a reel of thread which possessed a marvelous property: when he threw it before him it unwound itself and showed him the way.
When the products of Scotland were all exhausted except the rye bread the old man unwound me from the table leg and played me outside like a fisherman plays a salmon.
George had taken it firmly, and held it away from him, and had begun to unravel it as if he were taking the swaddling clothes off a new-born infant; and, before he had unwound a dozen yards, the thing was more like a badly-made door-mat than anything else.
He put down his pail, took the white alley, and bent over the toe with absorbing interest while the bandage was being unwound.
In course of time I saw his hand appear on the other side of Miss Skiffins; but at that moment Miss Skiffins neatly stopped him with the green glove, unwound his arm again as if it were an article of dress, and with the greatest deliberation laid it on the table before her.
When it was written, Ursula unwound the gray ball to a considerable depth, pinned the note on it, and rewound the yarn over it.