from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To release from mental tension, strain, or formality; relax.
- transitive v. To release (a bow, for example) from flexure or tension.
- transitive v. Nautical To untie or loosen (a rope or sail).
- transitive v. To straighten (something crooked or bent): unbend a paper clip.
- intransitive v. To become less tense; relax.
- intransitive v. To become less strict.
- intransitive v. To become straight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow.
- v. 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.
- v. To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use.
- v. To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
- v. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
- v. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen.
- transitive v. A remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; to relax.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use.
- transitive v. To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
- intransitive v. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
- intransitive v. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become relaxed or unbent.
- To rid one's self of constraint; act with freedom; give up stiffness or austerity of manner; be affable.
- To free from flexure; make straight: as, to unbend a bow.
- To relax; remit from a strain or from exertion; set at ease for a time: as, to unbend the mind from study or care.
- Nautical: To unfasten from the yards and stays, as sails.
- To cast loose, as a cable from the anchor.
- To untie, as a rope.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make less taut
- v. become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
- v. straighten up or out; make straight
- v. free from flexure
- v. unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay
- v. release from mental strain, tension, or formality
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They call me Goddess, Angel, and court me with dainties fit for queens 'tables and farfetched wines such as unbend the soul from cares.
So badly did his misused body stiffen, that when he was called it required another ten minutes and a second glass of whisky to unbend his joints and limber up the muscles.
When I took the steering-oar I had first to unbend her cramped fingers.
First, of course, we had to unbend Michael, put his boots back on, and swing his legs over the dented Honda.
Norine was the high-spirited sort who would never unbend.
He personally conducted the tour of the F&D facilities, leading them through the various labs and showing them a number of “wow” demonstrations that had been set up: a polymer that could be deformed – bent, crumpled, folded – and yet would “remember” its original shape and slowly unfold, uncrumple, unbend itself to become almost flat again in a matter of minutes.
I'd supposed that after Fort Buford she might unbend a little; after all, by then I'd absorbed all there was to know of her Bismarck scheme, and seen the kind of country to be settled; I'd even drafted (with a straight face) a letter to Otto explaining the thing and inviting his approval-God alone knew what he'd make of it if it ever reached him, with my monicker on it.
He was one of these unfortunates who have been created stuffy by God, and whose efforts to unbend create discomfort and unease in all concerned, chiefly himself.
He makes clunky attempts to unbend from his natural dignity, and that endears him, too.
Doyle made it clear that Holmes was a formidable physical specimen, an expert in boxing, sword, and "Baritsu" a form of Jiu Jitsu being taught in London at the time as well as being strong enough to unbend a fireplace power that had been bent by a huge, powerful man.