Untangle vs Unfold - What's the difference?

untangle | unfold |


As verbs the difference between untangle and unfold

is that untangle is to remove tangles or knots while unfold is to undo a folding.

As a noun unfold is

(computing|programming) in functional programming, a kind of higher-order function that is the opposite of a fold.

untangle

English

Verb

(untangl)
  • To remove tangles or knots.
  • With gentle combing, untangle your hair.
  • (by extension) To remove confusion or mystery.
  • It took awhile, but he finally untangled the problem.

    Synonyms

    * disentangle

    Antonyms

    * tangle

    unfold

    English

    Verb

  • To undo a folding.
  • * Herbert
  • Unfold thy forehead gathered into frowns.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • To turn out; to happen; to develop.
  • * '>citation
  • Memento unfolds over 22 scenes—or, more accurately, 22 strands of time, the main strand (in color) moving backward in increments, and another strand (in black and white) going forward, though the two overlap profoundly.
  • To reveal.
  • * , I.v.
  • Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing  To what I shall unfold .
  • To open (anything covered or closed); to lay open to view or contemplation; to bring out in all the details, or by successive development.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Unfold the passion of my love.
  • To release from a fold or pen.
  • Antonyms
    * fold

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (computing, programming) In functional programming, a kind of higher-order function that is the opposite of a fold.