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’
    • ‘Acute limb compartment syndrome is a surgical emergency characterised by raised pressure in an unyielding osteofascial compartment.’
    • ‘The spine cracked as he opened it, and the paper was stiff and unyielding.’
    • ‘It also helps protect your body from being injured by the unyielding hard metal and plastic surfaces on the inside of your car.’
    • ‘Glass as a material seems so hard and unyielding - the slightest bump and it's liable to shatter into tiny shards.’
    • ‘Who says electronic devices have to be moulded out of unyielding plastic or milled from hard metal?’
    • ‘Tunnels were dug into the castle's unyielding rock.’
    • ‘You hack away with a pick-axe, rewarded only by a few flying chips from the unyielding rock.’
    • ‘The long season leads to unyielding pressure on players to perform at their optimum level throughout the year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cheap fake suede is hard and unyielding to your body.’
    • ‘Yet, when put under pressure the apparent unyielding stiffness becomes a lovely springy curve, and it's that which puts pressure on the fish.’
    • ‘It is as if all that running around is a smoke-screen, a dazzling distraction to hide the hard and unyielding carapace.’
    • ‘Rain splashed against the unyielding rock, shattering into droplets, fragments scattering everywhere.’
    • ‘It's hard, unyielding rock, 700 million to 800 million years old, left over from an ancient mountain range.’
    • ‘His left side felt cold, pressing against a hard unyielding 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.’
    • ‘Her stiff, unyielding upper body makes it hard to color her roles with real, heartfelt emotion.’
    • ‘Looking below to the hard, unyielding surface below, it is the first time I've had second thought about the whole warrior trainee thing.’
    • ‘Viewers may be surprised to learn these seemingly unyielding shapes are in fact hollow.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Friends credit his survival to his positive outlook, his unyielding faith and an iron will.’
      • ‘Those who worked with Cameron found him arrogant and unyielding to pressure to alter the course he had set.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We're absolutely unyielding, though, on the subject of our good intentions.’
      • ‘The drive she feels to achieve, Simone says, can be traced directly to the unyielding support she has felt from her family.’
      • ‘On divorce, contraception, abortion and homosexuality, he was unyielding in his adherence to doctrine.’
      • ‘He was a steely fellow, a man with a gentle Southern accent and an unyielding faith in discipline.’
      • ‘Katherine first started therapy as a rigid, unyielding business person, with no sense of frivolity or joy.’
      • ‘Even with her vegetation obsession, she was unyielding and did not back down from ridicule or teasing.’
      • ‘The dignified way in which she battled her brain tumour is a credit to her unyielding character.’
      • ‘She was a tough woman of unyielding principle, standing up in protest against war, injustice and conditions of impoverishment.’
      • ‘Unlike the previous confrontation, however, his men were equally unyielding.’
      • ‘He is unyielding in his perceptions, and his rigidity both elevates and isolates him.’
      • ‘A compelling leader with brilliant intelligence, he was adamant and unyielding in his mission.’
      • ‘His is a story of a remarkable, unyielding spirit and uncompromisingly fierce defiance.’
      • ‘He is both a friend and a tough, unyielding journalist.’
      • ‘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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