verb (used with object), un·bent or (Archaic) un·bend·ed, un·bend·ing.
- to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
- to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
verb (used without object), un·bent or (Archaic) un·bend·ed, un·bend·ing.
Examples from the Web for unbend
At the house of Colonel Vega he had dined well, and at sight of familiar faces he was inclined to unbend.The White Mice|Richard Harding Davis
Bend the right arm, pointing toward the chest with the index finger; unbend, throwing the hand up and forward.
Won't you lift off that "abstraction blanket," and take something, if only a cup of tea, to unbend your mind a little?Japanese Literature|Various
In affable moments, he could even manage to forget his career—and unbend.Far to Seek|Maud Diver
But to them alone did he unbend—to them and to his adored tyrant, Lady.Lad: A Dog|Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for unbend
verb -bends, -bending or -bent
- to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
- to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
Word Origin and History for unbend
"to relax a bow by unstringing it," mid-13c., from un- (2) + bend (v.). Figurative meaning "to become genial, relax" (1748) has a sense opposite to that of unbending "inflexible, obstinate" (1680s), which does not derive from the bowstringing image.