reverse the winding or twisting of
- unroll, unfold, or spread out or perhaps unrolled, unfolded, or spread-out from a furled condition
- to open up, as something rolled or convolved; as, to unroll cloth; to unroll a banner.
- To display; to show.
- to eliminate from a roll or register, as a name.
very early 15c. (transitive), from un- (2) + roll (v.). Intransitive feeling from 1580s. Related: Unrolled; unrolling.
(v. t.) To open, as something rolled or convolved; as, to unroll cloth; to unroll a banner.
- (v. t.) To show; to reveal.
- (v. t.) To eliminate from a roll or sign-up, as a name.
And, though he cannot unroll before us the page of heroic action with the power and majesty of Homer, yet by the sympathy with which he realizes the idea of Rome, and by the power with which he has used the details of tradition, of local scenes, of religious usage, to embody it, he has built up in the form of an epic poem the most enduring and the most artistically constructed monument of national grandeur.