from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove from a string.
  • transitive v. To unfasten or loosen the strings of.
  • transitive v. Informal To deprive of composure or emotional stability; unnerve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove the string or strings from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of a string or strings; also, to take from a string.
  • transitive v. To loosen the string or strings of.
  • transitive v. To relax the tension of; to loosen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In archery, to loosen or remove the bowstring from one end of (the bow), which is thus relieved of all tension and becomes quite or nearly straight: opposed to brace and string. Bows are kept unstrung when not in use, except among some primitive peoples.
  • To deprive of strings; also, to relax or untune the strings of: as, to unstring a harp. To loose; untie. To take from a string: as, to unstring beads.
  • To relax the tension of; loosen; weaken: as, to unstring the nerves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove the strings from


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