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

  • transitive v. To remove the roof or covering of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove a roof from, e.g. a building.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To strip off the roof or covering of, as a house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To strip off the roof or roofs of.


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  • These tests can quickly unroof biases you may have denied or discounted.

    "American Able" and The Beauty Way

  • When spears and boomerangs thrown against the walls in derision failed to bring the whites out, the Aborigines stormed the hut and tried to unroof it.


  • Shann scrambled ashore, the wolverines after him, sniffling along at his heels while he overturned likely looking rocks to unroof some odd underwater dwellings.

    Storm Over Warlock

  • Those who were decoyed into these staterooms endured them with disgust while the boat was at anchor; but when the paddle-wheels began to revolve, and dismal din of clang and bang and whirr came down about their ears, and threatened to unroof the fortress of the brain, why, then they fled madly, precipitately, leaving their clothes mostly behind them.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 25, November, 1859

  • As it approached Broad Run, about a mile west of Marshallton, it descended sufficiently long to unroof and almost destroy the barns and out-buildings of two properties, owned respectively by Richard Baily and Joseph Marshall, of West Bradford township.

    A Full Description of the Great Tornado in Chester County, Pa.

  • So when the Siamese need rain, they set out their idols in the blazing sun; but if they want dry weather, they unroof the temples and let the rain pour down on the idols.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • We could have cities of wood to be wiped out by conflagrations; we could build houses of mud and sticks for the gales to unroof like a Hottentot village.

    The Iron Puddler

  • If we, as haply God or Devil can, could unroof the houses of men's souls, if their visible works were of their hearts rather than their brains, we should know strange things.

    Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2

  • The day of eviction came at length, and a large body of men under the direction of Frank Kennedy, a custom-house officer, made their way to the miserable village, and on the gipsies refusing to leave peaceably, proceeded to unroof their cottages and pull down the wretched doors and windows.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 5

  • The nearest approach to building-laws which occurs is a clause which seems to be a standing provision in many municipal charters and similar documents from the age of Cicero onwards, to the effect that no man might destroy, unroof, or dismantle an urban building unless he was ready to replace it by a building at least as good or had received special permission from his local town council.

    Ancient Town-Planning


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