Definition of unstring in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈstrɪŋ/

verb (unstrings, unstringing; past and past participle unstrung)

[with object]
1Remove from a string: unstringing the beads from the rosary
More example sentences
  • The lorry stops beside the new hay barn and the men unstring the round bails and manoeuvre them onto the ground.
  • I made a quick sketch and the next day unstrung the beads.
2Remove or relax the string or strings of (a bow or musical instrument).
Example sentences
  • Mark the location of the grip on the bowstring and unstring the bow.
  • Because of this and other reasons, it is always a good idea to unstring any all-wood bow any time it is not required for use for more than an hour or so.
  • Brock just rolled his shoulders and unstrung his bow, coiled the string and tucked between the oiled sheets of paper that usually held it, and tucked that into a pouch on his belt.
3Unnerve; upset: the small mishap unstrung her completely
More example sentences
  • As secular identity becomes enervated, incoherent, and perplexed, as we grow tired and unstrung by self-doubt, hating them offers odd comfort.
  • Movements by leaders and fighters during and after the air strikes indicated the militia was unstrung by the attack, he said.
  • Terrorists act on this potential, and so unstring the entire fabric of life.

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