unbent

[uhn-bent]
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of unbend.
adjective
2.
not bent; unbowed.
3.
not having yielded or submitted.

Origin:
1475–85; (in defs 2 and 3) un-1 + bent1

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unbend

[uhn-bend]
verb (used with object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
1.
to straighten from a bent form or position.
2.
to release from the strain of formality, intense effort, etc.; relax: to unbend one's mind.
3.
to release from tension, as a bow.
4.
Nautical.
a.
to loose or untie, as a sail or rope.
b.
to unfasten from spars or stays, as sails.
verb (used without object), unbent or (Archaic) unbended, unbending.
5.
to relax the strictness of formality or ceremony; act in an easy, genial manner: Imagine him unbending!
6.
to become unbent; straighten.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; see un-2, bend1

unbendable, adjective
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unbend (ʌnˈbɛnd)
 
vb , -bends, -bending, -bent
1.  to release or be released from the restraints of formality and ceremony
2.  informal to relax (the mind) or (of the mind) to become relaxed
3.  to become or be made straightened out from an originally bent shape or position
4.  (tr) nautical
 a.  to remove (a sail) from a stay, mast, yard, etc
 b.  to untie (a rope, etc) or cast (a cable) loose
 
un'bendable
 
adj

unbent (ʌnˈbɛnt)
 
vb
1.  the past tense and past participle of unbend
 
adj
2.  not bent or bowed
3.  not compelled to yield or give way by force

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unbend
"to relax a bow by unstringing it," mid-13c., from un- (2) + bend. 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.
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Example sentences
As long as this filament remains unbent, a special clutch keeps the rest of the needle from advancing.
It is a good idea to carry your cards in a case so the cards stay clean and unbent.
Some insects, such as small flies and wasps, are mounted on unbent points.
The blade of an unbent leaf has not finished growth.
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