unbrace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unbrace remove a brace or braces from
    • v unbrace remove from tension
    • v unbrace undo the ties of "They untied the prisoner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unbrace To free from tension; to relax; to loose; as, to unbrace a drum; to unbrace the nerves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unbrace To remove the points or braces of; free from tension or constraint; loose; relax: as, to unbrace a drum; to unbrace the arms; to unbrace the nerves.
    • unbrace To carve; disjoint.
    • unbrace To grow flaccid; relax; hang loose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unbrace un-brās′ to undo the braces or bands of: to loose or relax
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + brace,

Usage

In literature:

The property of no man is secure in the present unbraced system of things.
"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine
Not a muscle is stopped in its playing, nor sinew unbraced.
"Introduction to Robert Browning" by Hiram Corson
He found Lord Sussex dressed, but unbraced, and lying on his couch, and was shocked at the alteration disease had made in his person.
"Kenilworth" by Sir Walter Scott
It moved from the state house, with two unbraced drums, through the principal streets.
"An Old Town By The Sea" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
And to unbrace the bandages of state Is as clear air to incense-stifled souls.
"The Dynasts" by Thomas Hardy
He unbraced successively each of six minus one braced trouser buttons, arranged in pairs, of which one incomplete.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Best keep unbraced, and walk yourself till you be cold; your choler may founder you else.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Instantly the lists opened; the marshals advanced, severed the champions, and unbraced the count's helmet.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
On that further day he still meant to go, as he sat about noon unbraced, only.
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
Catesby, tell the cook to sauce another capon and unbrace a mallard.
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott
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In poetry:

Sung to the rhythm of prisons dismantled,
Manacles riven and ramparts defaced…
(Hearts death-anointed yet hearing life calling…)
Ankle chains bursting and gallows unbraced…
"The Song Of Iron" by Lola Ridge
She? no, her weakness: she unbraced
Among those athletes fronting storms!
The muscles less of steel than paste,
Why, they of nature feel distaste
For flash, much more for push, of arms.
"To Colonel Charles (Dying General C.B.B.)" by George Meredith