Definition of unreel in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Unwind (something wrapped around another object)

    ‘she unreeled the plug from her headset’
    • ‘Afterward, I pulled apart the Mobile Broadcast Booth, unreeled the extension cord that I'd snaked through various car and home windows, and settled into the sofa to cool down.’
    • ‘While the two firemen unreeled the pumper's hose, Eminger, wearing a thick coat and asbestos gloves, rushed to the hall outside Room 180, where several night managers and employees had gathered.’
    • ‘Next, Adam unreeled the garden hose and dragged it into the kitchen.’
    • ‘Wherever Reznick appears, things seem a bit off-kilter, and the sideways tilt becomes more pronounced as the movie unreels.’
    • ‘Indiscriminate fishing practices such as long lining (ships unreel as much as 75 miles of line bristling with hundreds of thousands of baited hooks) and purse seining are stripping the oceans clean of sea life.’
    • ‘He nodded, beginning to unreel more string, ‘Want a chance?’’
    unroll, uncoil, unreel, undo, unravel, untwine, untwist, disentangle, spread out, unfurl, open, open out, lay out, straighten, straighten out, unkink
    1. 1.1no object (of a film) wind from one reel to another during projection.
      • ‘the film sequence unreeled meaninglessly in front of her’



/ˌənˈrēl/ /ˌənˈril/