Definition of unlimber in English:



  • 1Detach (a gun) from its limber so that it can be used.

    • ‘‘So,’ he said, unlimbering his crossbows. ‘The twiceborn walk the earth once more.’
    • ‘The marines had bewildered expressions as they unlimbered their assault rifles.’
    • ‘The officers ran out down the stairs and onto King Street, where the men of Lossburg's regiment had unlimbered a battery of cannons in a small park.’
    • ‘Mackenzie unlimbered his shotgun as he scanned the sand beneath them.’
    • ‘Pappy unlimbers his double-barrel, 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun and Tom draws one of the two handguns tucked in his belt, a 1911.45 auto.’
    • ‘While flying on business, I sometimes hesitate to unlimber a Handgunner or Guns Magazine - aware of the effect it may have on the more liberal around me.’
    • ‘We figure some day, a 97 year-old Ken will wheel out onto the range in his nuclear-powered assault chair, unlimber a 1911 and tell his students to ‘get to work’ or they'll live to regret it.’
    • ‘I unlimbered my carry gun of the day, a Smith Model 4506 that's usually about a two-and-a-half-inch gun at this distance.’
    • ‘As the real artillery pieces unlimbered and began to hurl projectiles across the skies of Europe in August 1914, William Bateson was far away in Australia.’
    • ‘Mackenzie unlimbered his shotgun and cradled it in his arms as he repositioned himself to watch the trail ahead.’
    • ‘The ‘hot tank’ is the prize of the brush country - especially for the gunner unlimbering a light gauge for the bounty of close incomers.’
    • ‘After a thought, Thyrenea unlimbered her MA carbine.’
    • ‘Mackenzie stepped away from the hull, unlimbering his shotgun.’
    • ‘Immediately, the drilling stopped, everyone pulled back and Matthew and Smith, quick as a flash, unlimbered their weapons and peered into the dark… The clouds subsided and silence fell on the group.’
    1. 1.1US Unpack or unfasten (something) ready for use.
      ‘we had to unlimber some of the gear’
      • ‘She unlimbered her ChecKard and used it to tap a rhythm on the ancient hardwood surface.’
      • ‘They both got out, and Debbye unlimbered her remote camera.’
      • ‘A Marine unlimbered his pack and withdrew a metal disk ten centimeters in diameter.’
      • ‘With George's run production down, McNair unlimbered his arm and put some air back in the ball.’
      • ‘I claimed a prominent rock and unlimbered a 20-pound-class popping rod and a wide-framed casting reel.’