[ uhn-step ]
/ ʌnˈstɛp /

verb (used with object), un·stepped, un·step·ping.

to lift from its step, as a mast.

Origin of unstep

First recorded in 1850–55; un-2 + step
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Examples from the Web for unstep

  • At length the branches extended so far across the passage that we were compelled to unstep the mast in order to pass under them.

    The Wanderers|W.H.G. Kingston
  • They had only to unstep its mast and lie flat in the cup of its soggy platform and they could not be spied half a mile away.

British Dictionary definitions for unstep


/ (ʌnˈstɛp) /

verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped

(tr) nautical to remove (a mast) from its step
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