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adjective (1)

un·​bolt·​ed ˌən-ˈbōl-təd How to pronounce unbolted (audio)
: not fastened by bolts


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adjective (2)

: not sifted
unbolted flour

Examples of unbolted in a Sentence

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In May, a fisherman fell into the water and drowned after the seat on his bass boat became unbolted. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 6 June 2024 In a press event Thursday evening, Tesla's somewhat oddly attired Elon Musk showed how the the company's Tesla S luxury sedan could be recharged in just 90 seconds, hovering over a robotic setup in which the battery would be automatically located, unbolted, removed, and replaced. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Mar. 2023 First, the complaint alleges, one officer, Geramy Brown, moved Simon’s cellmate into an exercise cage outside and left the door to Simon’s cell unbolted. Jennifer Peebles, ajc, 2 Mar. 2023 The doors of home and church were unbolted and heavily trafficked, the church as likely to host Passover Seders as N.A.A.C.P. meetings. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, 12 June 2021 Once everything's unplugged and unbolted, the safest way to remove the door is to hold on tight. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 2 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Adjective (1)

bolt entry 2

Adjective (2)

bolt entry 5

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbolted was circa 1580


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“Unbolted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbolted. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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