Definition of unknot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈnɒt/

verb (unknots, unknotting, unknotted)

1 [with object] Release or untie the knot or knots in: he swiftly unknotted his tie
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  • In this second mode the enzyme is able to knot / unknot DNA molecules and catenate/decatenate DNA circles.
  • She reaches up, unbuttons and sweeps the suit jacket off of his shoulders, coming back to unknot his tie and unbutton his shirt, peeling that off of him, and literally ripping his t-shirt off of him.
  • She unknotted the sweater that was tied around her waist, and put it on to hide her arms.
2 [no object] (Of a muscle) relax after being tense and hard: his shoulders unknotted
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  • Slowly, her muscles unknotted, and her the anxiety in her face seemed to scatter.
  • She was still waiting for the muscles in her shoulders to unknot from the landmine scare.
  • As the muscles in my back gradually unknotted, I slowly became able to think about what I was doing and to experiment to see if there was any left-right difference in the degree of relief offered by this vertical back rub.

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