Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To go ashore from a ship.
  • intransitive verb To leave a vehicle or aircraft.
  • intransitive verb To take ashore from a ship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To debark; remove from on board a ship to the land; unload; put on shore; land: as, the general disembarked the troops at sunrise.
  • To land from a ship; go on shore, as at the end of a voyage.

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

  • intransitive verb To go ashore out of a ship or boat; to leave a ship; to debark.
  • transitive verb To remove from on board a vessel; to put on shore; to land; to debark.

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

  • verb To remove from on board a vessel; to put on shore; to land; to debark.
  • verb To go ashore out of a ship or boat; to leave a train or airplane; to debark.

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

[Probably obsolete French desembarquer : des-, dis- + embarquer, to embark; see embark.]

Examples

  • When Frank and Mr. Goodenough disembark from the ship on the coast of West Africa, the latter immediately warns the boy that "the negroes of Sierra Leone are the most indolent, the most worthless, and the most insolent in all Africa" (113).

    Terry Krepel: The Question To Ask About Art Robinson's Love of Racist Novels

  • Great Britain: The British lion just got a haircut and -- who could be surprised -- most of the hair that got cut was shorn from women and children, always first to disembark from the HMS Economy.

    Tom Engelhardt: Handicapping the Global Midterms: Winners and Losers

  • When Frank and Mr. Goodenough disembark from the ship on the coast of West Africa, the latter immediately warns the boy that "the negroes of Sierra Leone are the most indolent, the most worthless, and the most insolent in all Africa" (113).

    Terry Krepel: The Question To Ask About Art Robinson's Love of Racist Novels

  • Great Britain: The British lion just got a haircut and -- who could be surprised -- most of the hair that got cut was shorn from women and children, always first to disembark from the HMS Economy.

    Tom Engelhardt: Handicapping the Global Midterms: Winners and Losers

  • To attempt to disembark is to commit suicide; you are surrounded on all sides by moving quicksands like the one in which your soldier and his axe have just been swallowed up.

    The Brass Bell or, The Chariot of Death

  • As lingering evidence of this paranoia, notice that I used the word "disembark" rather than the colloquial "get off."

    trinityboy Diary Entry

  • I wanted to ask you a question based on your own … if this is not attributable to AGW, especially considering that it is now the tenth ice shelf to 'disembark', to what, exactly, would you attribute Wilkins?

    RealClimate

  • I wanted to ask you a question based on your own … if this is not attributable to AGW, especially considering that it is now the tenth ice shelf to 'disembark', to what, exactly, would you attribute Wilkins?

    RealClimate

  • I wanted to ask you a question based on your own … if this is not attributable to AGW, especially considering that it is now the tenth ice shelf to 'disembark', to what, exactly, would you attribute Wilkins?

    RealClimate

  • I wanted to ask you a question based on your own … if this is not attributable to AGW, especially considering that it is now the tenth ice shelf to 'disembark', to what, exactly, would you attribute Wilkins?

    RealClimate

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