Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To unload from a ship; discharge.
  • intransitive verb To remove (a piece of gear) from its proper place; detach.
  • intransitive verb To become or be capable of becoming removed or detached.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To take out of a ship or other water-craft: as, to unship goods or passengers. To remove from its place; specifically (nautical), to remove from a place where it is fixed or fitted: as, to unship an oar; to unship capstan-bars; to unship the tiller.

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

  • transitive verb To take out of a ship or vessel.
  • transitive verb (Naut.) To remove or detach, as any part or implement, from its proper position or connection when in use.

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

  • verb nautical To unload cargo from a ship or other vessel
  • verb nautical To remove an oar or mast from its normal position

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Examples

  • Wait'll something really happens like they unship a chain onto the beefy bottom bracket and scar the clear coat.

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  • I came up with some funny routines for getting rid of them, and when I was feeling feisty, I'd unship one and fire it.

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  • I came up with some funny routines for getting rid of them, and when I was feeling feisty, I'd unship one and fire it.

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  • Earlier in the thread, I allowed that I thought copyright law wasn't perfect, and when you have organizations like Disney who have herds of lawyers they can unship to defend their property, you might make a compelling argument to fix some of the loopholes.

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  • The steamer generally remains for two or three hours at Halifax to coal, and unship a portion of her cargo, and there is a very natural desire on the part of the passengers to leave what to many is at best a floating prison, and set foot on firm ground, even for an hour.

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  • There was nothing for it but to unship the mast, get out the oars and pull.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • It took only minutes for the SEALs to get themselves and their gear on board, to unship the waterproofed electric engine and secure it to the motor mount.

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  • Folks would come downriver and unship their wagons and horses here, and then move west overland.

    Prentice Alvin

  • Now Smash had to unship the two great oars he had made, face back, and row against the current.

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  • Now Smash had to unship the two great oars he had made, face back, and row against the current.

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  • The ship's head pitched into the sea, and the water rushed through the hawse-holes, and the chain surged so as almost to unship the barrel of the windlass.

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 24

    September 9, 2008