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unbolted1

[uhn-bohl-tid]
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adjective
  1. not fastened or secured, as with a bolt or bolts.
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Origin of unbolted1

First recorded in 1570–80; un-1 + bolt1 + -ed2

unbolted2

[uhn-bohl-tid]
adjective
  1. not sifted, as grain.
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Origin of unbolted2

First recorded in 1560–70; un-1 + bolt2 + -ed2

unbolt

[uhn-bohlt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to open (a door, window, etc.) by or as if by removing a bolt; unlock; unfasten.
  2. to release, as by the removal of threaded bolts: He unscrewed the nuts and unbolted the inspection cover.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become unbolted or unfastened.
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Origin of unbolt

1425–75; late Middle English; see un-2 + bolt1
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Examples from the Web for unbolted

Historical Examples

  • I found it unbolted, and as everything was quiet inside, I entered.

    In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories

    Robert Barr

  • He unbolted the door, looked in the dark room beyond, and listened.

  • Our bread was made of unbolted corn, and was cold and clammy.

  • "I didn't know we had left any of them unbolted," Mrs. Brown said.

  • Shears turned the key of the door, unbolted it and softly pushed it open.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc


British Dictionary definitions for unbolted

unbolted

adjective
  1. (of grain, meal, or flour) not sifted
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unbolt

verb (tr)
  1. to unfasten a bolt of (a door)
  2. to undo (the nut) on a bolt
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