un·​strap ˌən-ˈstrap How to pronounce unstrap (audio)
unstrapped; unstrapping; unstraps

transitive verb

: to remove or loose a strap from

Examples of unstrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Virgin Galactic During about three minutes of weightlessness, as Unity arced over the top of its trajectory, the passengers were able to unstrap, float about the cabin and take in spectacular views of Earth far below, before returning to their seats for the plunge back into the lower atmosphere. William Harwood, CBS News, 26 Jan. 2024 The investigation started on March 18, 2022, when a woman known in court records as Jane Doe discovered an iPhone with the video recording on inside of a physical therapy treatment room, after Wong specifically instructed her to unstrap her bra during a treatment, according to police. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 12 Jan. 2024 More importantly, at least for the researchers on Thursday’s flight, the crew in the passenger cabin were able to unstrap from their seats and float in microgravity for several minutes, enough time to accomplish a few research tasks. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 29 June 2023 The bodies’ position suggested that Dobrovolski and Patsayev had tried to unstrap themselves to shut the valve but couldn’t act fast enough. Amy Shira Teitel, Discover Magazine, 20 Aug. 2017 Cole continued to sit in the chair for four hours, and deputies refused to unstrap him to use the bathroom, according to the suit. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 27 Sep. 2022 All four passengers were free to unstrap and float about as the capsule reached the top of its trajectory and arced over for the long fall back to Earth. William Harwood, CBS News, 13 Oct. 2021 Batters reach base, unstrap the protective armor guarding their shins and elbows, and hand them to — who else? — Vandal. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 At the peak of the flight path, the passengers were weightless for about three minutes and were allowed to unstrap themselves from their seat to float around and soak in panoramic views of the Earth and the cosmos. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 20 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unstrap was in 1779

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“Unstrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unstrap. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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un·​strap ˌən-ˈstrap How to pronounce unstrap (audio)
: to remove or loosen a strap from

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