Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To untie the lashing of; loose.

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  • v. To unfasten.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loose, as that which is lashed or tied down.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, to loose, unfasten, or separate, as something lashed or tied down.

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

  • v. untie the lashing of

Etymologies

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un- +‎ lash

Examples

  • While the man lay by the fire and wept, she cooked, and in the morning helped lash the sleds, and in the evening to unlash them.

    GRIT OF WOMEN

  • The U.K. finance minister is said to be preparing to unlash - unleash, even, a super tax when he has his pre-budget report.

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2009

  • Slowly, carefully, the thirty-two sledge-pullers worked together to unlash the heavy coffin and lower it down precisely angled boards to its temporary resting place on the wooden superstructure just above the rectangle of black water.

    The Terror

  • We had time to get a Coast Guard mayday off, get out on the deck, unlash the rubber zodiac dinghy from the deck, and get off the boat.

    CNN Transcript Apr 27, 2006

  • We were forced to unlash all the strips running from side to side and insert supports, made of smaller bones, across the middle each way.

    Loaded Dice

  • I see no easy way down; we are forced to unlash Susan and help her down the jagged slope.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The hunters unlash their boat and head for the decoys.

    Confederacy of Silence

  • He snatched the lifting tackle free of the bitt to which it was tied; for a moment Sharina thought he was going to cut through the line instead of taking the few extra seconds to unlash it.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Even the Americans were reluctant to unlash and lift off the bodies when they got down to the bottom, so an officer had to do it himself and ask others to help.

    Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II

  • He swung down from the cab and turned to unlash the timber from the roof of the van.

    Rose cottage

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