verb (1)
de·​bark | \di-ˈbärk, dē-\

Definition of debark 

(Entry 1 of 2)


verb (2)
de·​bark | \(ˌ)dē-ˈbärk \

Definition of debark (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to remove bark from

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Verb (1)

debarkation \ˌdē-​ˌbär-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

Verb (2)

debarker \-​ˈbär-​kər \ noun

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On Christmas Day, Edwin and Jonas safely debarked at Liverpool and crossed the English Channel to snowy Le Havre, France. Special To The Oregonian,, "Memorial Day 2018: Remembering two peace-loving Oregon boys who died in France," 28 May 2018 After they're debarked, the logs are turned into pulp. Michael J. Mooney, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Koch Brothers' Industrial Empire," 9 Oct. 2015 The Carnival team scrambled to reroute ships, rebook passengers embarking or debarking, and set up new port calls out of harms' way. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "How does Carnival track its cruise ships? New high-tech center relies on big data. | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 Jim Walker, a Miami attorney specializing in maritime law, advises consumers to debark with caution. Ron Hurtibise,, "Can cruise lines ensure shore excursions they offer are safe?," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of debark

Verb (1)

1654, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1742, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for debark

Verb (1)

French debarquer, from de- + barque bark (ship)

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The first known use of debark was in 1654

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