Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To remove the load or cargo from.
  • transitive v. To discharge (cargo or a load).
  • transitive v. To relieve of something burdensome or oppressive; unburden: unloaded the donkeys.
  • transitive v. To give expression to (one's troubles or feelings); pour forth.
  • transitive v. To remove the charge from (a firearm).
  • transitive v. To dispose of, especially by selling in great quantity; dump.
  • intransitive v. To discharge a cargo or some other burden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove the load or cargo from (a vehicle, etc.).
  • v. To deposit one's load or cargo.
  • v. To give vent to or express.
  • v. To remove (something previously loaded) from memory.
  • v. To discharge or pour a liquid.
  • v. To get rid of or dispose of.
  • v. To deliver forcefully.
  • v. To ejaculate, particularly within an orifice

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To perform the act of unloading anything.
  • transitive v. To take the load from; to discharge of a load or cargo; to disburden.
  • transitive v. Hence, to relieve from anything onerous.
  • transitive v. To discharge or remove, as a load or a burden.
  • transitive v. To draw the charge from.
  • transitive v. To sell in large quantities, as stock; to get rid of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take the load from; discharge of a load or cargo; disburden: as, to unload a ship; to unload a cart.
  • To remove, as a cargo or burden, from a vessel, vehicle, or the like; discharge: as, to unload freight.
  • Figuratively, to relieve from anything onerous or troublesome; remove and cause to cease to be burdensome.
  • To withdraw the charge, as of powder and shot or ball, from: as, to unload a gun.
  • To sell in large quantities, as stock; get rid of: as, to unload shares of the A and B railway.
  • To go through the process of unloading; discharge a cargo.

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

  • v. leave or unload
  • v. take the load off (a container or vehicle)

Etymologies

From un- +‎ load. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ` ` You get tired of saying that, but we have to unload from the point, '' he said.

    USATODAY.com

  • The retirement of the baby boomers, who have no other assets than a house they’ll want to unload, is going to cause the housing market to go into long term (20+ year) decline.

    Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » Search and destroy

  • Used to use skunk scent as a cover until someone pointed out that skunks don't "unload" unless threatened and that's an alarm to the deer.

    when would you use the doe pea (sorry i forgot the fancy name for it so it doesnt sound gross) when deer hunting all the time?

  • A recent email circulated to subscribers of TownHall, Human Events, and GOP-USA invited right wingers to "display our tea bags" in Washington DC, where they will "unload" their teabags in front of media cameras.

    Want to Show Your Tea Bag on TV?

  • We had watched both the wheel and the starfish "unload" at the way station.

    The Garden of Rama

  • We are thankful that thus far he has escaped permanent injury, although he does tell me he has bowled over a few telegraph poles and on one occasion had to "unload," when his machine was on fire and doing from sixty to seventy miles an hour.

    The Land Speed Record

  • Gradually it became the fashion in Humboldt to "unload" redwood timber-claims on thrifty, far-seeing, visionary John Cardigan who appeared to be always in the market for any claim worth while.

    The Valley of the Giants

  • The evidently New York word "unload" revealed him to his hearer as by a flash, though she had never heard it before.

    T. Tembarom

  • It is a deplorable fact that the officers of certain companies occasionally "unload" undesirable securities upon their employees, and, in order to boom or create a "movement" in a certain stock, will induce the persons under their control to purchase it.

    True Stories of Crime From the District Attorney's Office

  • To wrest control from him it was necessary for the raiders both to make him "unload" his own holdings of stock and to impair his reputation so that his supporters would desert him or stand aloof.

    The Cost

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