un·​lim·​ber | \ ˌən-ˈlim-bər How to pronounce unlimber (audio) \
unlimbered; unlimbering; unlimbers

Definition of unlimber

transitive verb

1 : to detach the limber from and so make ready unlimber a gun for action
2 : to prepare for operation or performance unlimbered his banjo and began to play

intransitive verb

: to prepare something for action

Examples of unlimber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was a sense the sleeping giant was awake, unlimbering itself and rising. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Now that the World Cup has begun, it feels like the U.S. is missing out on the fun," 14 June 2018 What makes this a matter of more than mere ribaldry is that the baristas have unlimbered heavy constitutional artillery. George Will, National Review, "Bikini-Clad Baristas Serve Up a Lesson in Free Speech," 4 Oct. 2017 For example, on MSNBC Thursday morning, Joe Scarborough unlimbered himself on the topic. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "When White People Realize American Politics Are Violent," 16 June 2017 Piers decided to unlimber himself of his views on social media politicizing ad nauseam, at which point Reid pronounced herself nauseated in the finest way possible: This moment was just too beautiful for words, @susannareid100... Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Look at Piers Morgan's Face as His Co-Host Roasts Him on Live TV," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of unlimber

1760, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Unlimber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlimber. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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