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Title: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: ridethetalk on June 20, 2022, 11:56:00 AM
UNMAST/ED – remove or destroy the mast on a ship https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/unmasted (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/unmasted)
UNMATE – unmated is a rare word and in the definition it states simple past participle of unmate…
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: Maudland on June 20, 2022, 08:33:17 PM
Can you unmate something/someone, though? (Red-lined) Wondering how that could happen / what that would look like …
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: Morbius on June 21, 2022, 06:59:19 AM
I'd have thought it was more likely to be an adjective describing a person or animal that has not found a mate.
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: ridethetalk on June 21, 2022, 11:16:23 AM
In electronics, you mate connectors (male/female, plug/socket)...
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: Alan W on June 29, 2022, 03:31:05 PM
I suspect dismast would be used more often than unmast. Nevertheless unmast is in some dictionaries. Unmasted is sometimes used as an adjective describing a ship that has no masts by design, as in this quote from the British Hansard in 1873:

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Controversy still continued as to the merits of masted iron-clads, masted turret ships, unmasted turret ships, and broadside iron-clads...

I'll add unmast, unmasting and unmasted as rare words.
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: ridethetalk on June 29, 2022, 09:04:42 PM
Thanks Alan...  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: Alan W on June 30, 2022, 04:56:45 PM
The online Oxford gives two senses for unmate:

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  • To cause to be no longer mated; to deprive of a mate.
  • To separate or disconnect (what had been connected or joined).

In practice the word seems to be mainly used with the second meaning, in relation to electronic equipment, as noted by RTT. An example, from the website of Digi-Key Electronics:

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To unmate, a button-style lever on the housing top is pushed down to allow the wire to be disengaged.

Unmate and unmating will be added as rare words.
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: ridethetalk on June 30, 2022, 05:53:09 PM
Thanks Alan...  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: Maudland on July 01, 2022, 03:17:24 AM
It’s true, every day IS a school day!
Title: Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
Post by: ridethetalk on July 01, 2022, 11:19:02 AM
Isn't it marvellous to get these snippets from Alan - it's almost worth making word suggestions just for that alone...  >:D >:D >:D

Just kidding, Alan, I would never suggest anyone make spurious word suggestions...  :angel: :angel: :angel: