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.
Origin of unbend
Examples from the Web for unbended
She made herself very agreeable to the Archdeacon, who unbended very much, and grew very nice, as Mrs Chiley herself allowed.Miss Marjoribanks|Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
If ever Mr. Scarsdale unbended his reserved soul for a moment, it was Peggy who received the rare confidence.The House on the Moor, v. 1/3|Mrs. Oliphant
If she had a fault it was her unbended determination to go through with any thing she once undertook.William Shakespeare as he lived.|Henry Curling
A wise and good man is never so amiable as in his unbended and familiar intervals.
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
"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.