Definitions

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

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

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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Examples

  • Most importantly, we need to "unbolt" them from their desk prison cells and focus their culture, literature and language learning not on a text book, but ourselves and our personal experiences.

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  • If the owners move, they can unbolt it and take it with them.

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  • Although police won't say how long the 48-year-old man was incapacitated, rescue crews had to unbolt the seat from the toilet, and take him to the hospital with it still attached, Lt. Matthew Donnelly, a spokesman for the Elkton, Md., tells the newspaper.

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  • The next move, however, started to involved these robotic submarines, because they had to go in and unbolt six enormous, like, 50-pound bolts to clear away this piece of pipe that had been chomped off by this hydraulic shears.

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  • If you really want to be careful, you can unbolt your rear derailleur, but I don't.

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  • It took the three of them half an hour to unbolt the camera from the platform, ease it to the ground, and carry it up the stairs to Shirer's apartment.

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  • And if you unbolt the ladder that allows the pirates to climb on to your ship before you set sail, you get extra credit for that.

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  • Just in case you did not know, the whole roof section will unbolt and come off and the windscreen folds down for even more fun.

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  • While the vicious creature shredded my jammies and skin, I managed to unbolt my locks——a dead bolt and a spare, thanks to Jazz——and snatched my door open.

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  • Reassured by past crappiness, I decide to unbolt the door to my panic room.

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