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unlimber

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[ uhn-lim-ber ]
/ ʌnˈlɪm bər /
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adjective

not limber; inflexible; stiff.

verb (used with or without object)

Nearby words

unlicensed, unlicked, unlike, unlikelihood, unlikely, unlimber, unlimited, unlined, unlink, unlisted, unlisted securities market

Origin of unlimber

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(def 1) un-1 + limber1; (def 2) un-2 + limber1

Definition for unlimber (2 of 2)

unlimber

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[ uhn-lim-ber ]
/ ʌnˈlɪm bər /

verb (used with object)

to detach (a gun) from its limber or prime mover.
to make ready for use or action.

verb (used without object)

to prepare for action.

noun

the act of changing a gun from traveling to firing position.

Origin of unlimber

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First recorded in 1795–1805; un-2 + limber2
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British Dictionary definitions for unlimber

unlimber

/ (ʌnˈlɪmbə) /

verb

(tr) to disengage (a gun) from its limber
to prepare (something) for use
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Word Origin and History for unlimber

unlimber


v.

1802, "to free (a gun) from its limber," usually for the purpose of bringing it into action, from un- (2) + limber (n.). Figurative sense is attested from 1864. Related: Unlimbered; unlimbering.

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