unbend


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Unbend \Un*bend"\ ([u^]n*b[e^]nd"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Unbent
   ([u^]n*b[e^]nt"); 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.
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   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.
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            You do unbend your noble strength.    --Shak.
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   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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Unbend \Un*bend"\, v. i.
   1. To cease to be bent; to become straight or relaxed.
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   2. To relax in exertion, attention, severity, or the like;
      hence, to indulge in mirth or amusement.
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