One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbunshipped, unships, unshipping
with object Remove (an oar, mast, or other object) from its fixed or regular position.‘they unshipped the oars’
- ‘To assist easy repair of such damage, exposed and vulnerable elements, such as arms and legs, were constructed in such a way that they could be removed and unshipped from the main body of the figurehead.’
- ‘He unshipped his RPG launcher and minigun.’
- ‘Andrew stowed their gear along the side of the rowboat and unshipped the oars.’
- ‘He secured his weapons before unshipping his grappling hook and two of his home-made grenades.’
- ‘He unshipped both his assault rifle and scattergun, made sure the safeties were off, and restrained the urge to smile.’
2Unload (a cargo) from a ship or boat.‘folks would come downriver and unship their wagons and horses here’
unload, dump, jettison, discharge, deposit, empty, empty out, tip, tip out, drop, get rid ofView synonyms
- ‘"Terminal" means any terminal, jetty, pier, floating structure or other works within a harbour at which ships can obtain shelter or ship and unship goods or passengers.’
- ‘At a still later period, the Mary of Leith obtained a safe conduct from the English king to unship her cargo.’
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