Unbend Un*bend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Unbent}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Unbending}.] [1st pref. un- + bend.] 1. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow. [1913 Webster]

2. A remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; to relax; as, to unbend the mind from study or care. [1913 Webster]

You do unbend your noble strength. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) (a) To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use. (b) To cast loose or untie, as a rope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • unbending — adjective Etymology: 1un Date: circa 1688 1. not bending ; unyielding, inflexible < an unbending will > 2. aloof or unsocial in manner ; reserved …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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