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

  • transitive v. To unload, as from a ship or an airplane.
  • intransitive v. To disembark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To unload goods from an aircraft or ship.
  • v. To disembark.
  • v. To remove the bark from a tree that has been felled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To go ashore from a ship or boat; to disembark; to put ashore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To land from a ship or boat; bring to land from a vessel; disembark: as, to debark artillery.
  • To leave a ship or boat, and go ashore; disembark: as, the troops debarked at four o'clock.

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

  • v. go ashore


French débarquer : dé-, from (from Old French de-; see de-) + barque, ship (from Old French; see bark3).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French débarquer, from de- (Old French des-) + barque ("bark, small ship") (Wiktionary)
de- +‎ bark (“covering of tree”) (Wiktionary)



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  • "The four Alfa Romeos slipped deftly into traffic surrounding St Peter's Square. They split up and spread out along the piazza perimeter, quietly unloading men at select points. The debarking guards moved into the throng of tourists and media vans on the edge of the square and instantly became invisible."
    - 'Angels and Demons', Dan Brown.

    February 28, 2008