undock

verb
un·​dock | \ ˌən-ˈdäk How to pronounce undock (audio) \
undocked; undocking; undocks

Definition of undock

intransitive verb

: to move away from a dock (as at sailing time)

transitive verb

: uncouple undock the shuttle from the space station

Examples of undock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If all goes well, the crew would undock from the station at about 7:34 p.m. Saturday and splashdown Sunday at 2:42 p.m. Even without a menacing hurricane, the return journey is a treacherous one. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "NASA and SpaceX prepare to bring astronauts home in a perilous splashdown," 1 Aug. 2020 If all goes well, the crew would undock from the station at about 7:34 p.m. Saturday and splashdown Sunday at 2:42 p.m. Even without a menacing hurricane, the return journey is a treacherous one. Christian Davenport, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA and SpaceX prepare to bring astronauts home in a perilous splashdown," 1 Aug. 2020 With Hurricane Isaias threatening Florida's east coast, astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken are awaiting a go-ahead on plans to undock from the International Space Station on Saturday, setting up a fiery plunge to splashdown Sunday. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX Crew Dragon astronauts await "go" for weekend re-entry, splashdown," 31 July 2020 The pair, packed into SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, will undock from the ISS sometime on August 1 and then splash down in the Atlantic Ocean on August 2, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted Friday. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Bob and Doug Are Coming Home," 17 July 2020 If all goes well, the Dragon would undock from the station, fire its thrusters and descend through the atmosphere. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "About halfway through their historic mission, a pair of NASA astronauts are preparing for their return," 3 July 2020 After a week-long handover, Skripochka, Meir and Morgan plan to undock and land next Friday on the steppe of Kazakhstan. William Harwood, CBS News, "Astronauts brace for return to Earth – and coronavirus: "It is quite surreal for us"," 10 Apr. 2020 The ship undocked and began floating down the Nile, away from the city, away from the airport. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, "He tested positive, then negative for coronavirus. Now this American is stuck in Egypt.," 11 Mar. 2020 Designed to last 15 years, MEV-1 will then undock and can be sent to help another satellite. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "An Orbital Rendezvous Demonstrates a Space Junk Solution," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of undock

1750, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Undock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undock. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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