Origin of unbending
Definition for unbending (2 of 2)
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 unbending
Koop, a man of the far right, was standing tall and unbending.C. Everett Koop: Pioneering Surgeon General Spurred Reagan Response to AIDS|Kent Sepkowitz|February 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ayalon himself told me in in October 2010 that zero-enrichment is an unbending Israeli red line.
Now those positions are coming back to haunt him as Republican activists demand a candidate of unbending right-wing convictions.
Washington, unbending in his role as the noblest republican of them all, administered a severe blow to imperial pride.
“The CO2 bottles were filled with an inflammable or an explosive gas,” said her father, unbending.Space Platform|Murray Leinster
Miss Bradbury listened in a pleased silence that betrayed itself in her eyes, for her lips were unbending.Six Girls and Bob|Marion Ames Taggart
And nailed there he was—by the long, jagged, rusty, and passingly strong iron of an unbending pride.A Veldt Official|Bertram Mitford
Physical law—what tragic issues its stern, unbending course brings with terrific incidence on man!The Meaning of Faith|Harry Emerson Fosdick
"Emmie has another name for it," said John Gano, also unbending.The Open Question|Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for unbending (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for unbending (2 of 2)
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 unbending
"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.