verb (unsteps, unstepping, unstepped)[with object] Nautical
Detach (a mast) from its step: they went into the marsh grass to unstep their masts and dismantle their cannon
More example sentences
- If the mast was not unstepped, sailboat owners should check the halyards.
- Masts which are only slightly over the minimum bridge clearance might conceivably be arranged with removable upper sections which could be unstepped with the aid of a crane.
Definition of unstep in:
- The US English dictionary