In art criticism, the act of revealing hidden layers of meaning, as if removing the contents of a suitcase. A synonym for analyze or deconstruct. See deconstruction.

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  • Unpack — Un*pack , v. t. [1st pref. un + pack.] [1913 Webster] 1. To separate and remove, as things packed; to open and remove the contents of; as, to unpack a trunk. [1913 Webster] 2. To relieve of a pack or burden. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unpack — [unpak′] vt. 1. to open and remove the packed contents of 2. to take from a crate, trunk, etc. 3. to remove a pack or load from 4. to analyze and explain in detail [to unpack a complex idea] vi. 1. to remove the contents of a packed trunk,… …   English World dictionary

  • Unpack —   [dt. entpacken], dekomprimieren …   Universal-Lexikon

  • unpack — (v.) late 15c., from UN (Cf. un ) (2) + PACK (Cf. pack) (v.). Cf. Du. ontpakken. Related: Unpacked; unpacking …   Etymology dictionary

  • unpack — ► VERB 1) open and remove the contents of (a suitcase or container). 2) remove from a packed container. 3) analyse into component elements …   English terms dictionary

  • unpack — UK [ʌnˈpæk] / US verb Word forms unpack : present tense I/you/we/they unpack he/she/it unpacks present participle unpacking past tense unpacked past participle unpacked 1) [intransitive/transitive] to take things out of a suitcase or other… …   English dictionary

  • unpack — Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to remove the contents of < unpack a suitcase > b. unburden, reveal < must…unpack my heart with words Shakespeare > 2. to remove or undo from packing or a container < unpacked his gear > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unpack — [[t]ʌ̱npæ̱k[/t]] unpacks, unpacking, unpacked 1) VERB When you unpack a suitcase, box, or similar container, or you unpack the things inside it, you take the things out of the container. [V n] He unpacked his bag... [V n] Our guide unpacked a… …   English dictionary

  • unpack — verb a) To remove from a package or container, particularly with respect to items that had previously been arranged closely and securely in a pack. They didnt have time to unpack their bags before going out to dinner. b) To empty containers that… …   Wiktionary

  • unpack — un|pack [ ʌn pæk ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to take things out of a suitcase or other container that you were carrying them in: I haven t had time to unpack yet. Can you please unpack the shopping? 2. ) transitive to explain something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • unpack — /ʌnˈpæk/ (say un pak) verb (t) 1. to undo or take out (something packed). 2. to remove the contents packed in (a suitcase, trunk, etc.). 3. to remove a pack or load from (a horse, etc.); unload (a vehicle, etc.). 4. to understand; comprehend: to… …  

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