unbox

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unbox (third-person singular simple present unboxes, present participle unboxing, simple past and past participle unboxed)

  1. (transitive) To remove from a box.
    • 2005, Andrew Laties, Rebel Bookseller
      The booksellers' tasks were to unbox, shelve, and handle cash.
  2. (transitive, computing) To retrieve (a value of a primitive type) from the object in which it is boxed.
    • 2004, Stephen Teilhet, Jay Hilyard, C# Cookbook
      When a boxing or unboxing operation occurs in code, whether it was implicit or explicit, the IL generated includes the box or unbox command.