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unstop

[uhn-stop]
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verb (used with object), un·stopped, un·stop·ping.
  1. to remove the stopper from: to unstop a bottle.
  2. to free from any obstruction; open: to unstop a sewer.
  3. to draw out the stops of (an organ).

Origin of unstop

First recorded in 1350–1400, unstop is from the Middle English word unstoppen. See un-2, stop
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Examples from the Web for unstopped

Historical Examples

  • He rose as before with alacrity, rung his bell in reply, and unstopped his needle.

    The Iron Horse

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • It was not difficult for him to hear through the unstopped logs.

  • If the bottle be stopped, the colour will disappear; but when unstopped, it will return.

  • Before he put the instrument under his chin he unstopped his ears.

  • He unstopped his canteen and pressed the nozzle to Manners' lips.

    Aladdin O'Brien

    Gouverneur Morris


British Dictionary definitions for unstopped

unstopped

adjective
  1. not obstructed or stopped up
  2. phonetics denoting a speech sound for whose articulation the closure is not complete, as in the pronunciation of a vowel, fricative, or continuant
  3. prosody (of verse) having the sense of the line carried over into the next
  4. (of an organ pipe or a string on a musical instrument) not stopped

unstop

verb -stops, -stopping or -stopped (tr)
  1. to remove the stop or stopper from
  2. to free from any stoppage or obstruction; open
  3. to draw out the stops on (an organ)
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