Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To remove pins or a pin from.
  • transitive verb To open or unfasten by or as if by removing pins.
  • transitive verb To free.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To remove the pin or pins that fasten.
  • To unfasten or unloose by taking out the pins: as, to unpin a ribbon or a gown; hence, to loosen the garments of; undress.

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

  • transitive verb To loose from pins; to remove the pins from; to unfasten.

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

  • verb To remove a pin, undo a pin.

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

  • verb remove the pins from; unfasten the pins of

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- + pin

Examples

  • To remove a pinned item, put the mouse cursor back on the file name and click the pushpin icon again to "unpin" it from the list.

    NYT > Home Page

  • You can "unpin" music to slide it around, but if you're coming back to a song six times, you need to add the same track six times. iMovie 09 does a lot of things right.

    Daring Fireball

  • Everyone else has a neat, separate grief that they can unpin afterward.

    The Kitchen Daughter

  • Guards didn't go through the prison camps Wednesday and unpin the presidential closure order from detainee bulletin boards.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: November 19, 2009

  • Everyone else has a neat, separate grief that they can unpin afterward.

    The Kitchen Daughter

  • Maggie looked down, toying with one of her auburn ringlets, debating whether she should slide her sandal along his calf, or unpin her hair, letting her curls cascade down her back.

    The Half Life

  • She pulled her arm loose and began to unpin the chiton.

    Aching for Always

  • I felt her unpin my hair and let it fall around my shoulders, then she began twirling sections of it in her fingers and squirting it with something that smelled deliciously like grapefruit.

    The Opposite of Me

  • Maggie looked down, toying with one of her auburn ringlets, debating whether she should slide her sandal along his calf, or unpin her hair, letting her curls cascade down her back.

    The Half Life

  • Maggie looked down, toying with one of her auburn ringlets, debating whether she should slide her sandal along his calf, or unpin her hair, letting her curls cascade down her back.

    The Half Life

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    To remove a post from the top position in Facebook

    March 17, 2013