Definition of unyielding in English:



  • 1(of a mass or structure) not giving way to pressure; hard or solid.

    ‘the Atlantic hurled its waves at the unyielding rocks’
    • ‘His left side felt cold, pressing against a hard unyielding surface.’
    • ‘You hack away with a pick-axe, rewarded only by a few flying chips from the unyielding rock.’
    • ‘The main raw material that is a compound of polyester resin mixed with calcium carbonate is caste in silicone rubber which helps in giving it an unyielding structure.’
    • ‘It also helps protect your body from being injured by the unyielding hard metal and plastic surfaces on the inside of your car.’
    • ‘Rain splashed against the unyielding rock, shattering into droplets, fragments scattering everywhere.’
    • ‘Glass as a material seems so hard and unyielding - the slightest bump and it's liable to shatter into tiny shards.’
    • ‘The cliffs are so solid and unyielding and yet, these beautiful, persistent plants are allowed to set their roots into that so seemingly impervious surface.’
    • ‘Taking it in his hands, he examined its polished and unblemished surface: cut across the grain, it was solid and unyielding to the touch.’
    • ‘Cheap fake suede is hard and unyielding to your body.’
    • ‘Who says electronic devices have to be moulded out of unyielding plastic or milled from hard metal?’
    • ‘Acute limb compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency characterised by raised pressure in an unyielding osteofascial compartment.’
    • ‘Yet, when put under pressure the apparent unyielding stiffness becomes a lovely springy curve, and it's that which puts pressure on the fish.’
    • ‘Looking below to the hard, unyielding surface below, it is the first time I've had second thought about the whole warrior trainee thing.’
    • ‘The long season leads to unyielding pressure on players to perform at their optimum level throughout the year.’
    • ‘It's hard, unyielding rock, 700 million to 800 million years old, left over from an ancient mountain range.’
    • ‘Tunnels were dug into the castle's unyielding rock.’
    • ‘The spine cracked as he opened it, and the paper was stiff and unyielding.’
    • ‘Her stiff, unyielding upper body makes it hard to color her roles with real, heartfelt emotion.’
    • ‘Viewers may be surprised to learn these seemingly unyielding shapes are in fact hollow.’
    • ‘It is as if all that running around is a smoke-screen, a dazzling distraction to hide the hard and unyielding carapace.’
    stiff, inflexible, unpliable, non-flexible, unbending, inelastic, firm, hard, solid, tough, tight, taut, compact, compacted, compressed, dense
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or their behaviour) unlikely to be swayed; resolute.
      ‘his unyielding faith’
      • ‘His is a story of a remarkable, unyielding spirit and uncompromisingly fierce defiance.’
      • ‘On divorce, contraception, abortion and homosexuality, he was unyielding in his adherence to doctrine.’
      • ‘Those who worked with Cameron found him arrogant and unyielding to pressure to alter the course he had set.’
      • ‘He is both a friend and a tough, unyielding journalist.’
      • ‘Unlike the previous confrontation, however, his men were equally unyielding.’
      • ‘She was a tough woman of unyielding principle, standing up in protest against war, injustice and conditions of impoverishment.’
      • ‘The dignified way in which she battled her brain tumour is a credit to her unyielding character.’
      • ‘It was hard to win with my father; he was an unyielding man, and a force to be reckoned with if you fell short of anything less than perfection.’
      • ‘Even with her vegetation obsession, she was unyielding and did not back down from ridicule or teasing.’
      • ‘He was a steely fellow, a man with a gentle Southern accent and an unyielding faith in discipline.’
      • ‘A compelling leader with brilliant intelligence, he was adamant and unyielding in his mission.’
      • ‘Friends credit his survival to his positive outlook, his unyielding faith and an iron will.’
      • ‘Katherine first started therapy as a rigid, unyielding business person, with no sense of frivolity or joy.’
      • ‘One of the golden threads that links all these great people is their unyielding commitment to do that which was right in the face of mammoth challenges.’
      • ‘The drive she feels to achieve, Simone says, can be traced directly to the unyielding support she has felt from her family.’
      • ‘We're absolutely unyielding, though, on the subject of our good intentions.’
      • ‘He is unyielding in his perceptions, and his rigidity both elevates and isolates him.’
      • ‘Alas, it not only had large keys, but a stiff and unyielding action.’
      • ‘He was quintessentially labor, he was uncompromising in his stance for the poor and the dispossessed, and he was unyielding in his respect for the dignity of work.’
      • ‘Most famous for his swashbuckling systems and successes at Foggia more than 10 years ago, he was an unyielding believer in attack as the best form of defence.’
      resolute, inflexible, uncompromising, unbending, unshakeable, unwavering
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