[ uhn-struhng ]
/ ʌnˈstrʌŋ /
simple past tense and past participle of unstring.
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.
Definition for unstrung (2 of 2)
[ 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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for unstrung
It was three in the morning when I reached the farm-house, and today I am all unstrung and quivering after my terrific adventure.
The whole esquadrille was unstrung—naturally; even their famous ace, Boisrobert.
The thought suddenly seized me; I sprang forward, unstrung his drum, threw the strap over my shoulder, and beat the pas de charge!
I was frightened, so frightened I shook from head to foot, but it was because my nerves were all unstrung.
British Dictionary definitions for unstrung (1 of 2)
emotionally distressed; unnerved
(of a stringed instrument) with the strings detached
British Dictionary definitions for unstrung (2 of 2)
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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