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unbending


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Unbending  \Un*bend"ing\,  a.  [In  senses  1,  2,  and  3,  pref.  un- 
  not  +  bending;  in  sense  4,  properly  p.  pr  unbend.] 
  1.  Not  bending;  not  suffering  flexure;  not  yielding  to 
  pressure;  stiff;  --  applied  to  material  things 
 
  Flies  o'er  unbending  corn,  and  skims  along  the  main. 
  --Pope. 
 
  2.  Unyielding  in  will  not  subject  to  persuasion  or 
  influence;  inflexible;  resolute;  --  applied  to  persons. 
 
  3.  Unyielding  in  nature;  unchangeable;  fixed;  --  applied  to 
  abstract  ideas;  as  unbending  truths. 
 
  4.  Devoted  to  relaxation  or  amusement.  [R.] 
 
  It  may  entertain  your  lordships  at  an  unbending 
  hour.  --Rowe. 
  --  {Un*bend"ing*ly},  adv  --  {Un*bend"ing*ness},  n. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Unbend  \Un*bend"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Unbent};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Unbending}.]  [1st  pref.  un-  +  bend.] 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  unbending 
  adj  :  incapable  of  adapting  or  changing  to  meet  circumstances;  "a 
  rigid  disciplinarian";  "an  inflexible  law";  "an 
  unbending  will  to  dominate"  [syn:  {inflexible},  {rigid}] 




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