- simple past tense and past participle of unbend.
- not bent; unbowed.
- not having yielded or submitted.
Origin of unbent
- to straighten from a bent form or position.
- to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax: to unbend one's mind.
- to release from tension, as a bow.
- to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
- to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
- to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner: Imagine him unbending!
- to become unbent; straighten.
Origin of unbend
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Examples from the Web for unbent
Caradoc unbent his dignity and explained what he had observed.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
But since the day of the funeral her supple nature had unbent.Audrey Craven
Necessarily he must have or he couldn't have unbent to me as he did.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
But the captain took not the offered hand nor unbent his angry brow.Standish of Standish
Jane G. Austin
Here the sails were unbent to be repaired, and tents were set up on shore.Captain Cook
- the past tense and past participle of unbend
- not bent or bowed
- not compelled to yield or give way by force
- to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
- informal to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
- to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
- (tr) nautical
- to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
- to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
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Word Origin and History for unbent
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