American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To set free by removing bands or braces.
- v. To release from tension; relax.
- v. To make slack; weaken.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove the points or braces of; free from tension or constraint; loose; relax: as, to unbrace a drum; to unbrace the arms; to unbrace the nerves.
- To carve; disjoint.
- To grow flaccid; relax; hang loose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To free from tension; to relax; to loose.
- v. undo the ties of
- v. remove a brace or braces from
- v. remove from tension
- From un- + brace. (Wiktionary)
“ÂÂCaptain Jax waited until he was sure the worst was over before instructing the muscles in his body to unbrace themselves from his seat, and it took some time before those muscles began to obey.”
“By its minute glow, she located the nightrobe the Prince had included in her luggage, an amazing confection of gauze and lace, and went to unbrace the chair from the door.”
“Together all set their sheets, and all at once slacken their canvas to left and again to right; together they brace and unbrace the yard-arms aloft; prosperous gales waft the fleet along.”
“Edwin, sunk in weariness, said little in opposition; and having suffered Monteith to take away his sword and to unbrace his plated vest, dropped at once on the straw in a profound sleep.”
“But its touch may unbrace not the strengths of the seven”
“Then Theodoric sat down and began to unbrace his adversary's armour; and while he was doing this, Queen Chriemhild came into the hall with a blazing torch, which she thrust into the mouth of one after another of the prostrate warriors, her brothers, to see if they were already dead, and to slay them if they were still living.”
“Slice brawn, spoil a hen, unbrace a mallard, untache a curlew, border a pasty, thigh small birds, splat a pike, fin a chub, barb a lobster”
“Let people say what they please of the fine bracing weather of a cold climate, I have never seen any truth-speaking persons who, on coming fairly to the trial, did not complain of a cold frosty morning as a very great nuisance, or who did not cling eagerly to the fire to unbrace themselves again.”
“Gather those broad leaves, and all the rest, growing under the brushwood; unbrace his armour.”
“His real expression was, 'that he would not unbrace a single nerve for any treaty France could offer; such was their entire want of faith, morality, & c.”
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