unpin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unpin remove the pins from; unfasten the pins of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unpin To loose from pins; to remove the pins from; to unfasten; as, to unpin a frock; to unpin a frame.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unpin To remove the pin or pins that fasten. To unbolt.
    • unpin To unfasten or unloose by taking out the pins: as, to unpin a ribbon or a gown; hence, to loosen the garments of; undress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unpin un-pin′ to loose what is pinned.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + pin,

Usage

In literature:

Unpinning the folded towel, which had fallen around his waist, Martin walked over and looked down at her.
"No Great Magic" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Now crawl around to the next brace and unpin it.
"Tight Squeeze" by Dean Charles Ing
He went up to it, unpinned it slowly, and read it with trembling fingers.
"A Girl of the Klondike" by Victoria Cross
First she unpinned and folded away a white kerchief she always wore primly crossed over her bosom.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
He unpinned the huge cluster of violets on his coat and laid them down on the sill beside her before he went.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
In an instant the honeysuckle was unpinned and handed to her.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I had much ado to get Lady Patience combed or unpinned at all!
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
She let the old man retain him on his lap while she busied herself about him unpinning his shawls.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
This was very nice, but when Eyebright unpinned the towel and saw the pie, she gave a scream of dismay.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
A curious little sound escaped her lips; she raised both slender hands and unpinned her hat.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

But when she had passed into the heath,
And gained the wood beyond the flat,
She raised her skirts, and from beneath
Unpinned and drew as from a sheath
An ostrich-feathered hat.
"In The Days Of Crinoline" by Thomas Hardy
Night in the sockets rounds,
Like some pitch moon, the limit of the globes;
Day lights the bone;
Where no cold is, the skinning gales unpin
The winter's robes;
The film of spring is hanging from the lids.
"Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

From the iPad3 to the Unpinning of Pinterest to the Son of SOPA, Without Delay.
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In science:

A glitch occurs when many vortices simultaneously unpin and move outward in response to a trigger.
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches
Additionally, in the regime ˜ω ≫ 1, where an unpinned vortex moves much further azimuthally than radially during a glitch, Eq. (13) is a good approximation to the wave strain resulting from the outward motion of a single unpinned vortex too.
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches
To begin with, we assume that the speed of the vortex whilst unpinned is constant, i.e. ˜vv (˜t) = ∆˜r (˜tg 6 ˜t 6 ˜tg + 1 and ˜tg = 1).
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches
Current glitch detection methods based on radio telescope data are sensitive to glitches involving the simultaneous unpinning and outward motion of at least ∆Nv ∼ 1012 vortices.
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches
In what follows, we calculate only the contribution to the wave strain from vortices that unpin and move during a glitch.
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches
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