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.

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.

You do unbend your noble strength. Shak.

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.

 

© Webster 1913.


Un*bend", v. i.

1.

To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.

2.

To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.

 

© Webster 1913.

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