Un·bend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Unbent p. pr. & vb. n. Unbending.]
1. To free from flexure; to make, or allow to become, straight; to loosen; as, to unbend a bow.
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. (a) To unfasten, as sails, from the spars or stays to which they are attached for use. (b) To cast loose or untie, as a rope.
Un·bend, 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.
v 1: straighten up or out; make straight [syn: straighten]
2: unfasten, as a sail, from a spar or a stay
3: free from flexure; "unbend a bow" [ant: flex]
4: make less tight; "relax the tension on the rope" [syn: relax]
5: become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in
the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
[syn: relax, loosen up, unwind, decompress, slow
down] [ant: tense]
6: release from mental strain, tension, or formality; "unbend
the mind from absorbing too much information"