Definition for unbent (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 unbent
She bent and unbent her fingers hopelessly, two or three times, and then let them lie out flat and still.Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre|Voltairine de Cleyre
The jib was unbent, the sheet and head were brought together and made into a sack.
He unbent so far as to take her to the stable and show her a field-mouse he had caught and was keeping in a cardboard box.Just William|Richmal Crompton
As soon as the blast had expended its fury, the fragments of the mainsail were unbent, and a new sail got up in their place.
He tried, now that he had unbent so far, to be genial and considerate.The "Genius"|Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for unbent (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for unbent (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 unbent
"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.