Date: 1523 transitive verb 1. a. (1) to take off ; deliver (2) to take the cargo from <
unload the truck
b. to give outlet to ; pour forth <
unloaded her bitter feelings
2. to relieve of something burdensome, unwanted, or oppressive <
unloaded the pack animals
unloaded himself to his friend
3. to draw the charge from <
unloaded the gun
4. to sell or dispose of especially in large quantities ; dump 5. to hit or propel with a great release of power <
unloaded his ninth homer
intransitive verb 1. to perform the act of unloading 2. to release or deliver something especially with power <
unloaded on the ball
3. to give forth a usually sudden angry outburst <
the coach unloaded on his players
unloader noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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