verb (used with object)

  1. to open or spread out (something rolled or coiled): to unroll a bolt of fabric.
  2. to lay open; display; reveal.
  3. Obsolete. to strike from a roll or register.

verb (used without object)

  1. to become unrolled or spread out: The scrolls unroll easily.
  2. to become continuously visible or apparent: The landscape unrolled before our eyes.


  1. to open out or unwind (something rolled, folded, or coiled) or (of something rolled, etc) to become opened out or unwound
  2. to make or become visible or apparent, esp gradually; unfold

v.early 15c., from un- (2) + roll (v.). Related: Unrolled; unrolling.

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