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

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On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin undocked from Columbia in lunar orbit and then descended in the lunar module Eagle to the Sea of Tranquility. Washington Post, "Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11’s ‘giant leap’ on moon," 20 July 2019 On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin undocked from Columbia in lunar orbit and then descended in the lunar module Eagle to the Sea of Tranquility. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, "Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11′s ‘giant leap’ on moon," 20 July 2019 The next day, Armstrong and Aldrin bid Collins farewell, entered the lunar lander Eagle and undocked during the crew's 13th lunar orbit. William Harwood, CBS News, "The inside story of Apollo 11's nail-biting descent to the surface of the moon," 15 July 2019 The next day, slipping behind the moon during their 12th lunar orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin undocked Eagle from Columbia for the historic descent to the surface. William Harwood, CBS News, "50 years later, Apollo 11's "one giant leap" remains a defining moment in human history," 14 July 2019 Once in space, the astronauts escaped Earth orbit, traveled to lunar orbit, then undocked part of their spacecraft and steered it down for a soft impact on an alien land. Scientific American, "Apollo 11, 50 year anniversary special report," 26 June 2019 The capsule undocked a little after noon for its nearly six-hour return flight to Earth. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX Dragon capsule returns to Earth," 3 June 2019 When undocked, the controller reportedly gets around 2 to 6 hours of battery life, depending on how intense the game is. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Nintendo Switch Hands On: Weird Like Only Nintendo Can Be," 13 Jan. 2017 When undocking the controller, the game migrates from your TV to the capacitive 720p screen nearly instantaneously. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Nintendo Switch Hands On: Weird Like Only Nintendo Can Be," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of undock

1750, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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