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

  • transitive v. To release the bolts of (a door, for example); unlock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To undo a bolt; to unlock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To explain or unfold a matter; to make a revelation.
  • transitive v. To remove a bolt from; to unfasten; to unbar; to open.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To release or allow to be opened by withdrawing a bolt: as, to unbolt a door.
  • To withdraw a bolt and thus open that which it confined; hence (rarely), to open; unfold; explain.

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

  • v. undo the bolt of


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