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verb (used with object), un·shipped, un·ship·ping.
  1. to put or take off from a ship, as persons or goods.
  2. to remove from the place proper for its use, as an oar or tiller.
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verb (used without object), un·shipped, un·ship·ping.
  1. to become unloaded or removed.
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Origin of unship

1400–50; late Middle English unshippen; see un-2, ship1
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Historical Examples

  • He said this was no way to treat volunteers, and proposed that we should "unship the awning."

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Hold fast the long gun, there, and unship the starboard ports.

  • "Unship your rudder an' stick it in the mud," said Tom Platt.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Unship the apparatus, remove the cork from the mouth of the candle.

  • Unship them from the rowlocks, and place them fore and aft in the boat.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for unship


verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped
  1. to be or cause to be unloaded, discharged, or disembarked from a ship
  2. (tr) nautical to remove from a regular placeto unship oars
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