unstring


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Unstring \Un*string"\, v. t. [1st pref. un- + string.]
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   1. To deprive of a string or strings; also, to take from a
      string; as, to unstring beads.
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   2. To loosen the string or strings of; as, to unstring a harp
      or a bow.
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   3. To relax the tension of; to loosen. "His garland they
      unstring." --Dryden. Used also figuratively; as, his
      nerves were unstrung by fear.
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