Definition of unstring in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Remove from a string.

    ‘unstringing the beads from the rosary’
    • ‘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).

    • ‘He unstrung his bow, which he always strung up to be ready in case of an attack.’
    • ‘Then she unstrung her bow deaf to the crowds' wild cheers.’
    • ‘To become a true archer you must know your bow intimately, its pressure points, the places to massage it back into shape after a humid day, the parts that need care when stringing or unstringing it… the list goes on.’
    • ‘Leaning on the wall were two more guitars, one of which was unstrung and appeared to be wet with paint, judging by the paintbrushes lying on the floor next to it and the brighter-than-normal shine.’
    • ‘She unstrung it and put the bowstring in a pouch at her belt, and found a quiver and arrows with black fletching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have spent my days in stringing and unstringing my instrument.’
    • ‘After unstringing their bows and packing them and their quivers into his pack, he helped him up and assisted him in walking to his house.’
    • ‘On the wall adjacent to the targets, hung unstrung bows of every kind - longbows, short bows, recurves and compounds, even a crossbow - and beside them hung quivers full of arrows.’
    • ‘The bow was unstrung and secured to the tree, next to a large misshapen sack.’
    • ‘She unstrung her bow and placed it in the quiver.’
    • ‘He shook his brown hair out of his eyes as he unstrung his longbow.’
    • ‘He nodded in agreement, his bow unstrung and resting on his back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He saw his arrow hit its mark and calmly unstrung his bow before replacing it in his quiver.’
    • ‘Mark the location of the grip on the bowstring and unstring the bow.’
  • 3usually as adjective unstrungUnnerve.

    ‘a mind unstrung by loneliness’
    • ‘The irresistibility of the healing touch unstrung her so completely that she began to cry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As secular identity becomes enervated, incoherent, and perplexed, as we grow tired and unstrung by self-doubt, hating them offers odd comfort.’