- to take the load from; remove the cargo or freight from: to unload a truck; to unload a cart.
- to remove or discharge (a load, group of people, etc.): to unload passengers.
- to remove the charge from (a firearm).
- to relieve of anything burdensome, oppressive, etc.: He unloaded his responsibilities.
- to get rid of (goods, shares of stock, etc.) by sale in large quantities.
- to unload something.
- Informal. to relieve one's stress by talking, confessing, or the like.
Origin of unload
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Examples from the Web for unloading
The allegation concerns hydrocarbon releases from the wastewater system at the unloading facility.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
Minutes after landing in Bumba and unloading the cargo, the pilots and their plane vanished.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
It was actually taken on Sept. 22, 2004, when soldiers were unloading supplies in Afghanistan for a combat resupply mission.Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead
August 5, 2014
There are few things more relieving than unloading the weight of a secret.Matthew Cordle & the Online Confession Obsession
September 13, 2013
Now, media companies are unloading their actual offices—or renting them out to strangers.The Death of Print (Buildings)!
February 5, 2013
They're unloading supplies in vast quantities from Chickasaw Bayou.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
In unloading it I fear that one of the slugs blew a hole in brother Nonus.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
A carriage had drawn up at the curb and the driver was unloading a trunk from the rack.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
Stanley pointed to the troopers who were unloading their mounts.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
The work of unloading the Ida went on briskly all the morning.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
- to remove a load or cargo from (a ship, lorry, etc)
- to discharge (cargo, freight, etc)
- (tr) to relieve of a burden or troubles
- (tr) to give vent to (anxiety, troubles, etc)
- (tr) to get rid of or dispose of (esp surplus goods)
- (tr) to remove the charge of ammunition from (a firearm)
Word Origin and History for unloading
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper