unstrung

[ uhn-struhng ]
/ ʌnˈstrʌŋ /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of unstring.

adjective

having the string or strings loosened or removed, as a bow or harp.
weakened or nervously unhinged, as a person or a person's nerves; unnerved; discomposed: The incident left him unstrung.

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Definition for unstrung (2 of 2)

unstring
[ uhn-string ]
/ ʌnˈstrɪŋ /

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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British Dictionary definitions for unstrung (1 of 2)

unstrung
/ (ʌnˈstrʌŋ) /

adjective

emotionally distressed; unnerved
(of a stringed instrument) with the strings detached

British Dictionary definitions for unstrung (2 of 2)

unstring
/ (ʌnˈstrɪŋ) /

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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