Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To unload, as from a ship or airplane.
  • intransitive verb To disembark.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To unload goods from an aircraft or ship.
  • verb intransitive To disembark.
  • verb transitive, lumbering To remove the bark from a tree that has been felled.

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

  • verb go ashore

Etymologies

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

[French débarquer : dé-, from (from Old French de-; see de–) + barque, ship (from Old French; see bark).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French débarquer, from de- (Old French des-) + barque ("bark, small ship")

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

de- +‎ bark (“covering of tree”)

Examples

  • Donovan eventually managed to debark the cruiser with Bruce when it weighed anchor the evening of June 9 off Plymouth.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Priscilla, my mom, and I sat silently in our own little world as we waited on the tarmac for the plane to debark.

    Welcome to My World

  • Onto an ashy beach we debark, just 50 yards from the remains of a Chilean base destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the late 1960's.

    Richard Bangs: Mind Sex with Strangers

  • Even Malvergne, the pilot Eddy had caught so much heat for smuggling out, succeeded in steering the USS Dallas destroyer through a narrow channel from Port Lyautey off the Moroccan coast, dodging sandbars, sunken ships, and Vichy shore fire so seventy-five U.S. Army rangers could debark and seize the nearby airport.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Priscilla, my mom, and I sat silently in our own little world as we waited on the tarmac for the plane to debark.

    Welcome to My World

  • Donovan eventually managed to debark the cruiser with Bruce when it weighed anchor the evening of June 9 off Plymouth.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Onto an ashy beach we debark, just 50 yards from the remains of a Chilean base destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the late 1960's.

    Richard Bangs: Mind Sex with Strangers

  • Even Malvergne, the pilot Eddy had caught so much heat for smuggling out, succeeded in steering the USS Dallas destroyer through a narrow channel from Port Lyautey off the Moroccan coast, dodging sandbars, sunken ships, and Vichy shore fire so seventy-five U.S. Army rangers could debark and seize the nearby airport.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Priscilla, my mom, and I sat silently in our own little world as we waited on the tarmac for the plane to debark.

    Welcome to My World

  • In Lyons, whirring machinery can debark a tree weighing more than a ton in seconds, spinning the woody cylinder into slick sheets of fiber that are transformed into plywood.

    Logging Towns Revive in Quake's Wake

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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