Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To remove from a sling or a slung position: unsling a backpack.
  • transitive v. Nautical To remove the slings of (a yard, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to take something from a hanging, or slung position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take off the slings of, as a yard, a cask, or the like; to release from the slings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove from a position in which it has been slung; specifically (nautical), to take off the slings of, as a yard, a cask, etc.; release from slings.

Etymologies

From un- +‎ sling (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We froze, and without a word, we both started trying to unsling and get a shot while standing in the open of that road.

    Just a funny story. . . Y'all know how I've been having trouble with my quail hunting?

  • I unsling the backpack and put it through the X ray machine and then emerge at the other end.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • The warrior looked up from his work, smiled with full, black-colored lips, and moved to unsling the large gun strapped to his back.

    Crystal Rain

  • Ian Manning, the professional hunter whose job it was to keep me from becoming lion poop, said, "David, do you really think the bloody lion is going to wait for you to unsling your bloody rifle before he bites you in your bloody a-- e?"

    Sling Shot

  • He reformed his line of march, commanded his soldiers to unsling their firelocks and fix their bayonets, and formed an advanced and rear-guard, each consisting of a non-commissioned officer and two soldiers, who received strict orders to keep an alert look-out.

    Rob Roy

  • When we got to him he was fumbling to unsling the box.

    Death Stalks The Ruins

  • Axa started to unsling the water skin she held on her hip.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • Before Stamaty could unsling his camera case, the evidence van from headquarters pulled into the driveway and parked beyond the patrolmen's cruiser.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • A dozen men were gathered in the room, clustered about a barrel of wine, and most still had guns on their shoulders, but Sharpe was across the floor before any could unsling a musket and Harper was bellowing at them from the empty hearth, his volley gun aimed at the group.

    Sharpe's Escape

  • He steaded his weapon on Tamura as she made a move to unsling her canteen.

    Pawns and Symbols

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