un·​stick ˌən-ˈstik How to pronounce unstick (audio)
unstuck ˌən-ˈstək How to pronounce unstick (audio) ; unsticking

transitive verb

: to release from a state of adhesion

Examples of unstick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gecko’s thousands of points of contact create a weak electromagnetic connection to the surface, allowing the animal to stick and unstick its feet with ease. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 12 June 2014 The guy who couldn’t unstick his Elvis accent after playing the king of rock and roll in Baz Luhrmann’s extravagant 2022 biopic? Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2024 Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s top financial official, announced a slew of measures intended to unstick the nation’s stagnant economy by encouraging corporate investment and pushing more people into the work force. Eshe Nelson, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Instacart’s listing could help unstick the backlog of companies whose plans to go public have been stymied by the longest lull in US listings since the financial crisis in 2009. Ryan Gould, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 The scientists didn't work with any real-life arachnids while designing their tech, instead drawing inspiration from a beetle species in Florida that can stick and unstick from leaves at will. Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2010 The bed jostles, a noiseless vibration, as heart monitors unstick themselves from her chest and retreat into the EKG monitor. Annalee Newitz, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 Not having to unstick mower blades coated with grass and dirt after more than half a year in the garage is a bonus. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 June 2023 Asteroid Splitting Doesn't Work How to unstick a gecko. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unstick was in 1706

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Cite this Entry

“Unstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstick. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​stick ˌən-ˈstik How to pronounce unstick (audio)
unstuck -ˈstək How to pronounce unstick (audio) ; unsticking
: to free from being stuck or bound
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