Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To remove the string or strings from.

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

  • verb remove the strings from

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Examples

  •            Why'd that neighbor kid unstring my doorbell and plug it with marshmallows?

    Deep Pockets

  • The examiner may string colored beads into a pattern and then unstring the beads and ask your child to re-create that pattern.

    Testing for Kindergarten

  • The examiner may string colored beads into a pattern and then unstring the beads and ask your child to re-create that pattern.

    Testing for Kindergarten

  • The examiner may string colored beads into a pattern and then unstring the beads and ask your child to re-create that pattern.

    Testing for Kindergarten

  • The examiner may string colored beads into a pattern and then unstring the beads and ask your child to re-create that pattern.

    Testing for Kindergarten

  • I made myself string and unstring the bow half a dozen times, testing my strength against its weight before I so much as looked at an arrow.

    Wild Orchid

  • I made myself string and unstring the bow half a dozen times, testing my strength against its weight before I so much as looked at an arrow.

    Wild Orchid

  • An idea that is not analyzed rigorously is destined to unstring that web, simply due to lack of consideration.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • An idea that is not analyzed rigorously is destined to unstring that web, simply due to lack of consideration.

    The three R's

  • I finally started to cry like a child, the kind where your sobs make slow, choky connections to hiccups, nose and mouth all kind of linked with spitty suspension bridges that you have to unstring with wet fists and fingers because you never have a tissue handy.

    The Almost Archer Sisters

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