unpack

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unpack remove from its packing "unpack the presents"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unpack To relieve of a pack or burden.
    • Unpack To separate and remove, as things packed; to open and remove the contents of; as, to unpack a trunk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unpack To open, as things packed: as, to unpack goods.
    • unpack To relieve of a pack or burden; unload; disburden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unpack un-pak′ to take out of a pack: to open
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Quotations

  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “The time to enjoy a European tour is about three weeks after you unpack.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

We shall be at the hotel, unpacking.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
After a curious glance at this scene, Ishmael went to work at unpacking the boxes.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Other women were unpacking baskets of tempting looking cakes and cutting them up into pieces ready for serving.
"Mary Jane--Her Visit" by Clara Ingram Judson
It was a new engine and cars that had been unpacked that evening by their father.
"The Story of a Plush Bear" by Laura Lee Hope
It was not until after I had seen her descend with her husband, and had finished unpacking, that I had a chance to think of my own affairs.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
Miss Morris called Louise, one of the maids, to unpack Anne's trunk.
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
She had been about to say that she must see to unpacking some of her own things.
"The Land of Promise" by D. Torbett
The rest of the saddlery was put on board without being unpacked.
"The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry" by D. D. Ogilvie
She was tired, and besides, she wanted to unpack a few of her things.
"Gypsy's Cousin Joy" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
I am just unpacking Chinese relics.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
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In poetry:

Whene'er he sailed afar
Upon a Channel cruise, he
Unpacked his light guitar
And sang this ballad (Boosey):
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"For England expects—I forbear to proceed:
'Tis a maxim tremendous, but trite:
And you'd best be unpacking the things that you need
To rig yourselves out for the fight."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
"For England expects—I forbear to proceed:
'Tis a maxim tremendous, but trite:
And you'd best be unpacking the things that you need
To rig yourselves out for the fight."
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
My hero bares his nerves along my wrist
That rules from wrist to shoulder,
Unpacks the head that, like a sleepy ghost,
Leans on my mortal ruler,
The proud spine spurning turn and twist.
"My Hero Bares His Nerves" by Dylan Thomas
THES. The best of a picnic is that everybody contributes what he
pleases, and nobody knows what anybody else has brought til the
last moment. Now, unpack everybody and let's see what there is
for everybody.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Images of War, Finally Unpacked.
When I unpacked this little device, I was shocked and surprised that so much came out of one tiny package.
LaLa justified the background clutter by explaining that the family is still unpacking.
Adams students unpack iPads Initiative supplying computers for every student aims to build 21st-century skills.
Here's another crack at unpacking the basics behind the famous TPC study that originally made this point.
The video for Grimes's " Genesis " debuted today, and as is often the case with Grimes videos there's a lot to unpack.
Retiree asked to unpack his unique idea.
The annual tradition of unpacking the wreaths and ornaments from the attic may lead to allergy attacks for the whole family.
Mark Zeug, president of the nonprofit Kaho'omiki, adds jump ropes to the bounty of playground equipment unpacked in the cafeteria.
Anna Schiltz, daughter of owner John Schiltz, unpacks some of the hundreds of nutcrackers that decorate most of Lake Elmo Inn 's available surfaces during the holidays.
In a new book, biographer David Nasaw profiles the father of Robert, John and Teddy, and unpacks the elder Kennedy 's influence on his children.
Unpacking "Game On," Rick Santorum's Music Video Love Letter.
The new question was where to unpack.
The cover of President Obama's 2011 budget is seen as copies are unpacked for distribution to Senate staff on Capitol Hill Feb 1.
I finally finished unpacking and organizing my new studio space a couple of weeks ago.
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In science:

As usual one can unpack Definition 2.2.17 and, using adjunction, express the structure map as a collection of maps λ : P(cid:18)d c(cid:19) × Xc → Xd , one for each pair (d; c) of C-profiles.
Higher dimensional algebras via colored PROPs
Installation is as simple as unpacking the tar file.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
There are three basic steps in the correlation process: 1- unpacking a block of data, which involves reordering samples as discussed below, 2- Fourier transforming into frequency space, and 3- performing the cross-multiplication of spectra and adding the results into accumulators.
A GPU based real-time software correlation system for the Murchison Widefield Array prototype
For each of the principles that are covered, I have attempted to unpack the meaning of the principle as it applies to programming.
Functional Programming and Security
Thanks to Marjan Zadnik for this example and the reference to Johnstone’s work. § The “things” that can be held in working memory and manipulated may be not only single elements but “chunks” – clusters of bits of knowledge that are effectively “compiled” and can be manipulated as a single unit but later unpacked.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
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