- to disembark.
Origin of debark1
- to remove the bark from (a log).
Origin of debark2
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Examples from the Web for debark
There was no warning; the crew were ordered to debark, a bomb was placed on board, and the vessel was blown up and sank in flames.
He then, instead of giving the anxiously expected order to advance, commanded the whole to debark.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2
J. T. Headley.
Coasting along the shore, they came at last to an open roadstead where they could debark.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
The pale, helpless soldiers had been debark'd, and lay around on the wharf and neighborhood anywhere.Complete Prose Works
By reason of this precaution it was more than an hour after the steamer arrived before her passengers began to debark.
- a less common word for disembark
C17: from French débarquer, from dé- dis 1 + barque barque
- (tr) to remove the bark from (a tree)
C18: from de- + bark 2
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Word Origin and History for debark
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