verb (used with object), un·strung, un·string·ing.

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
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Examples from the Web for unstring

Historical Examples of unstring

  • "Now I pray thee to unstring it again," handing it to the bowman.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • That such emotion could so unstring Louis Arnold was a marvel.

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

  • 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

  • He paused long enough to unstring the bow and put it back in the quiver.

    The Pirates of Shan

    Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for unstring


verb -strings, -stringing or -strung (tr)

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)
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