disencumber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disencumber release from entanglement of difficulty "I cannot extricate myself from this task"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Disencumber To free from encumbrance, or from anything which clogs, impedes, or obstructs; to disburden. "I have disencumbered myself from rhyme."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disencumber To free from encumbrance or from whatever tends to encumber, burden, hamper, or impede; disburden: as, the troops disencumbered themselves of their baggage; to disencumber the mind of its prejudices; to disencumber an estate of debt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disencumber dis-en-kum′bėr to free from encumbrance: to disburden
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + encumber,: cf. F. désencombrer,

Usage

In literature:

A poignant emotion clouded the joy of the disencumbered barricade.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
The camels were also disencumbered of their burdens, and coffins were to be seen in all parts of the road.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
They may have disencumbered themselves of their mortal clay, but the soul must be the same.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
You think my shaving will cool and disencumber you?
"Romola" by George Eliot
Roger disencumbered himself from the dead body, and, setting his foot upon it, pulled violently at his sword to get it free again.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
He then disencumbered himself of the folds of a large mantle in which he was dressed and faced Lucullus.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
There they stood without master or servant, one at the right, the other at the left of his disencumbered feet.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Fortunately, however, the poet had the happy facility of disencumbering himself.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
When the rain was over we wandered down to the little disencumbered space before the inn, through a small labyrinth of obliterated things.
"A Little Tour in France" by Henry James
Finally Meg came and disencumbered Miles of the children and bore them away.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
Ere he could disencumber it I pressed forward upon the landing.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
The greatness of his genius will appear when disencumbered of its unwieldy and misplaced accompaniments.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Thus disencumbered, she had more freedom for the impending struggle.
"The Destroying Angel" by Louis Joseph Vance
The Bourbons were now gone; the nation was disencumbered of that government of chamberlains, maids of honour, and duennas.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 359, September 1845" by Various
So he leaves it home, and is by so much disencumbered.
"Camp and Trail" by Stewart Edward White
As I rushed in, the water rose above all my mud stains, and I fell back, and hastily disencumbered myself of clothing.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
They are then disencumbered of their fleece, and do not catch and retain as much dust, as when driven later.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
It is not so easily persuaded to disencumber us.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
And yet the steps seemed lagging even after they were disencumbered of the partner.
"A Rich Man's Relatives (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Robert Cleland
Directly he set off again to the road where he had disencumbered himself of the shavings the night before.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
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In poetry:

There shall my disencumber'd soul
Distinctly view the grand design
Of each mysterious providence,
The gracious plan of love divine.
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper