from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not bolted or fastened; unlocked.
  • adj. Not sifted: unbolted flour.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of unbolt.
  • adj. unsifted.
  • adj. Not fastened with a bolt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not bolted; not fastened by bolts.
  • Not bolted or sifted; not having the bran or coarse part separated by a bolter: as, unbolted meal. Hence Coarse; gross; not refined.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not firmly fastened or secured


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