Definition of disentomb in US English:



[with object]
  • Remove (something) from a tomb.

    ‘a mummy that we saw disentombed’
    • ‘This particular horsedrawn vehicle lay neglected for decades before being disentombed from its dark hiding place in 1996.’
    • ‘The mortal remains of the Prince and his next of kin and fellow exiles were then disentombed and returned to their homeland to be reburied in worthy graves.’
    • ‘The hypothesis that Babylon was ruled by an Aryan dynasty was strictly contradicted by Berosus and the records disentombed from the ruins.’
    • ‘The barley grew up undisturbed till the month was accomplished, and, at the expiration of that time, hundreds of people thronged to be present at the disentombing of the fakeer.’
    • ‘Some of the earlier burials were disentombed and reburied in the new site, but many were left in unmarked graves.’
    • ‘After several months disentombing, 500 pieces of culture relics were discovered in about 2,000 square meters.’
    • ‘We have to disentomb the remains of the Thebes and the Ninevehs to get at the history of their ancient monarchs.’
    • ‘At length, after being lost for more than two thousand years, the city was disentombed.’
    • ‘A few minutes sufficed to disentomb the skeleton, for the men sympathised with their young comrade, and worked with all their energies.’
    • ‘So many fossil links have been disentombed that he has had to alter the whole classification, and has placed certain Pachyderms in the same sub-order with ruminants.’
    • ‘The same method, it is understood, has been applied to the deciphering of the cuneiform records recently disentombed from the ruins of Nineveh.’
    • ‘On 5 October 1999 remains were disentombed from a mausoleum crypt in Ohio.’
    • ‘I leaned over with breathless anxiety while the Indians worked, and an eye, an ear, a foot, or a hand was disentombed.’
    • ‘The earth was equally pitiless towards the dead in their graves: the sepulchers opened, and the buried were disentombed.’
    • ‘Close to Rumeilah stands the first Iron Age construction, disentombed on a large scale in the UAE.’
    dig up, excavate, exhume, disinter, bring to the surface, mine, quarry, pull out, root out, scoop out, unbury
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