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[uhn-string] /ʌnˈstrɪŋ/
verb (used with object), unstrung, unstringing.
to deprive of strings:
to unstring a violin.
to take from a string:
to unstring beads.
to loosen the strings of:
to unstring a bow.
to relax the tension of.
to relax unduly, or weaken (the nerves).
to weaken the nerves of.
Origin of unstring
First recorded in 1605-15; un-2 + string Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for unstring
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  • The father taught his son how to string and unstring the bow, and also how to attach the arrow to the string.

    Myths and Legends of the Sioux Marie L. McLaughlin
  • "Now I pray thee to unstring it again," handing it to the bowman.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • After using it unstring it, and at a large shooting-party unloose your bow after every round.

    The Art of Entertaining M. E. W. Sherwood
  • Do not unstring the bow too often while shooting; once in every six double ends is quite enough, unless there are many shooters.

    Archery Rules Charles F. A. Hinrichs
  • That such emotion could so unstring Louis Arnold was a marvel.

  • And the power of the mind lies in keeping the mind tense; to unstring it is to ruin it.

  • Away then to loosen, to unstring the divine bow, so tense, so long.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • unstring thy strong bows for the sake of our liberal lords, O bounteous Rudra, be gracious to our kith and kin.

  • There are wicked philosophers abroad who unstring the bow of harder toil by picking your inmost thoughts!

  • There is one who shall chasten this body of thine, put out thy torch, and unstring thy bow.

British Dictionary definitions for unstring


verb (transitive) -strings, -stringing, -strung
to remove the strings of
(of beads, pearls, etc) to remove or take from a string
to weaken or enfeeble emotionally (a person or his nerves)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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