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Untwist   Listen
Untwist  v. t.  
To separate and open, as twisted threads; to turn back, as that which is twisted; to untwine. "If one of the twines of the twist do untwist, The twine that untwisteth, untwisteth the twist."
To untie; to open; to disentangle.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Untwist" Quotes from Famous Books

... course of the planets, and make them retrograde? Wouldst thou disorder all the celestial spheres, blame the intelligences, blunt the spindles, joint the wherves, slander the spinning quills, reproach the bobbins, revile the clew-bottoms, and finally ravel and untwist all the threads of both the warp and the waft of the weird Sister-Parcae? What a pox to thy bones dost thou mean, stony cod? Thou wouldst if thou couldst, a great deal worse than the giants of old intended to have done. Come hither, billicullion. ...
— Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. • Francois Rabelais

... labours is not a superabundance of the instincts and the animating spirit of that age, but a falling short, or a failure. But what can he gain from this admonition? He cannot recall past time; he cannot begin his journey afresh; he cannot untwist the links by which, in no undelightful harmony, images and sentiments are wedded in his mind. Granted that the sacred light of childhood is and must be for him no more than a remembrance. He may, notwithstanding, be remanded to nature, and with trustworthy hopes, founded less ...
— The Prose Works of William Wordsworth • William Wordsworth

... in time. They caught hold of him firmly, and endeavoured to untwist his beard from the line, but in vain; it was too tightly entangled. There was nothing left but again to make use of the scissors; so they were taken out, and the tangled ...
— My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales • Edric Vredenburg

... Dinner was served at the usual hour. When Barbara entered the saloon my mother gave her a ball of silk to untwist; she was red as fire, and her eyes were fixed on the ground. The starost did not leave her a moment. Our little Matthias laughed with his malicious air, and gave vent to a thousand pleasantries, which diverted every one exceedingly; all ...
— The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863 - Devoted to Literature and National Policy • Various

... the wire is rotated, so as to twist it, and the hand is taken from the weight, it will untwist itself, and go back to its original position. ...
— Practical Mechanics for Boys • J. S. Zerbe

Words linked to "Untwist" :   straighten, straighten out

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