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Feb 1, 2006
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debark

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debark (di-BARK)

verb tr., intr.: To disembark.

[From French debarquer, de- from + barque ship.]

debark (dee-BARK)

verb tr.: To remove the bark from a log or a dog.

[De- + bark.]

"Another stop is scheduled for pad 34, site of the Apollo 1 tragedy that claimed the lives of astronauts Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. Thomas asks tourists to remove their caps when they debark."
Billy Cox; Tour Space History 'Then and Now'; Florida Today (Melbourne, Florida); May 28, 2000.

See more usage examples of debark in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-1992)

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