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English Dictionary: unbending by the DICT Development Group
3 results for unbending
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances; "a rigid disciplinarian"; "an inflexible law"; "an unbending will to dominate"
    Synonym(s): inflexible, rigid, unbending
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.
      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
                     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.
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