What does the word unfurl mean?

Usage examples for unfurl

  1. Here and there on a rounded wood- pile, that was like the stalk of a huge black mushroom, there hung a lantern, but it seemed afraid to unfurl its timid, quivering light in all that blackness; it burned softly, as if for itself. – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  2. O banners wide, that sweep the sky, Unfurl ye to the sun; And gently wave about the graves Of those whose lives are done. – Love-or-Fame-and-Other-Poems by Sherrick, Fannie Isabel
  3. And slowly, slowly, almost as rose- leaves unfurl i' th' sun, her white lids curled upward, and her blue eyes peered softly from her yellow locks like corn- flowers through ripe corn, there being a tear in each, as when a rain- bead doth tremble i' th' real corn- flowers. – A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales by Amelie Rives