Unbend

Definition of Unbend

Un`bend´   Pronunciation: ŭn`bĕnd´
v. t.1.To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow.
[imp. & p. p. Unbent (ŭn*bĕnt"); p. pr. & vb. n. Unbending.]
2.A remit from a strain or from exertion; to set at ease for a time; to relax; as, to unbend the mind from study or care.
You do unbend your noble strength.
- Shak.
3.(Naut.) To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use.
v. i.1.To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
2.To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like; hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.

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