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[dis-em-bahrk] /ˌdɪs ɛmˈbɑrk/
verb (used without object)
to go ashore from a ship.
to leave an aircraft or other vehicle.
verb (used with object)
to remove or unload (cargo or passengers) from a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle.
Origin of disembark
1575-85; < Middle French desembarquer, equivalent to des- dis-1 + embarquer to embark
Related forms
[dis-em-bahr-key-shuh n] /dɪsˌɛm bɑrˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
disembarkment, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The commencement of the journey from the farm of disembarkation lay along what is known as corduroy boards.

    Bullets & Billets Bruce Bairnsfather
  • Hippias made all the arrangements, and superintended the disembarkation.

    Darius the Great Jacob Abbott
  • The first encounter had with the Indians, preceded the disembarkation of the company of adventurers.

  • A crowd of natives on horseback were waiting for them at the place of disembarkation.

  • On the following morning the sun shone forth, and the disembarkation continued.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • Until these look-outs returned he would permit no disembarkation from his ships.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • About noon our ship pulled into the dock, and the gangways were put out, and disembarkation began.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Details as to disembarkation of these horses will be forwarded to you later.

  • These concurring reasons induced the commanders to postpone the disembarkation to a more favourable opportunity.

  • While discussing this disembarkation we argued concerning the Locri Ozolae.

British Dictionary definitions for disembarkation


to land or cause to land from a ship, aircraft, etc: several passengers disembarked, we will disembark the passengers
Derived Forms
disembarkation (dɪsˌɛmbɑːˈkeɪʃən), disembarkment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disembarkation



1580s, from Middle French desembarquer, from des- (see dis-) + embarquer (see embark). Related: Disembarkation; disembarked; disembarking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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