unsettle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unsettle disturb the composure of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Unsettle To become unsettled or unfixed; to be disordered.
    • v. t Unsettle To move or loosen from a settled position or state; to unfix; to displace; to disorder; to confuse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unsettle To change from a settled state; make to be no longer fixed, steady, or established; unhinge; make uncertain or fluctuating: as, to unsettle doctrines or opinions.
    • unsettle To move from a place; remove. To disorder; derange; make mad: as, to unsettle a person's intellect.
    • unsettle To become unfixed; give way; be disordered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unsettle un-set′l to move from being settled: to make uncertain
    • v.i Unsettle to become unfixed
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.”
  • Henry Waldorf Francis
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    “A court is a place where what was confused before becomes more unsettled than ever.”
  • Karl Albrecht
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    “Customer needs have an unsettling way of not staying satisfied for very long.”
  • Karl Kraus
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    “Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

P.M. moderate breezes and cloudy; in the Night, dark, cloudy, unsettled weather, with very much Thunder, Lightning, and rain.
"Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World" by James Cook
That's my way of taking things, and I'm not metaphysical; don't unsettle me.
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Business had gone wrong ever since I opened shop, and my mind was quite unsettled.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327" by Various
Europe is again unsettled and the prospect of war increasing.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
At daylight we got under sail but the weather had clouded in and bore a very unsettled appearance.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
She thought that reading about war might have unsettled her ideals.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
In addition to these lands in the settled parts of Virginia he also had claims to vast tracts in the unsettled West.
"George Washington: Farmer" by Paul Leland Haworth
These are opinions, that might unsettle the world.
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
An attachment could only lead to unhappiness now, besides the positive harm of unsettling him.
"The Three Brides" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Now such a remark from that personification of calm, that living denial of worry, Simeon, was decidedly unsettling to Arthur.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
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In poetry:

Tho' fickle as th' inconstant wind,
Friendship is often known;
The changeful sov'reign of the mind,
Unsettled on her throne.
"Address To Emma, On Her Departure For The Country" by Elizabeth Bath
She clutcheth toy or book,
Or female hand beside her;
Now with askant, unsettled look,
Inviteth, then doth hide her,
Like struggling lily in a brook.
"Grata Juventas" by Alfred Austin
Heralds of the soul of things,
You whose wings
Carry heaven through every glade;
Thus transfigured from the petals
Death unsettles,
Little souls of leaf and blade;
"Butterflies" by Alfred Noyes
And how much her soul was mercilessly dispersed,
Among the tearless, cold-hearted and unsettled!
Like sounds, bred in silence, were there spelled –
The starry sounds – lilac, bright, and gentle!
"After the Concert" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
I don’t feel like reading another book,
and I’m tired of poetry—that’s not what I want to do.
But my mind is restless, unsettled—
I’ll try counting raindrop stains
on the oilcloth window.
"Songs of Depression" by Yang Wan-Li
Ah! these are the spirits of doubt that surround me,
Their voices, now moaning, now whisp'ring, I hear;
Their looks are unsettl'd, their gestures confound me,
Their figures that change in the mist are not clear.
"The Doubt" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Unsettled into the weekend, but generally mild.
The fate of Wichita's five public golf courses remains unsettled.
Shocked and unsettled as the Dallas Cowboys and their fans are over a player's untimely loss last weekend, it's not enough.
Chronicle of rabies gripping , unsettling.
Bob Costas' gun control comments during halftime of NBC's 'Football Night in America' on Sunday (Dec. 2) left many — including country music's own Charlie Daniels — unsettled.
Voting Laws In Several States Remain Unsettled.
Boston College football's next foe, Georgia Tech, just as unsettled.
BALTIMORE—Cal Ripken Jr said Friday that his family and the police were still searching for answers about the kidnapping of his mother last week, a crime he called both bizarre and unsettling.
The former secretary of state on our complex and unsettled world.
T HIS IS AN UNSETTLING time for journalists, to put it mildly.
So why is Northern Ireland still so unsettled.
Pakistan has the bomb, and an unsettled political future.
I had a strange, unsettling thought about retirement the other day.
OCCASIONALLY life provides complementary moments of experience, making it seem as though existence were not after all simply a collection of random events upon which only an unsettled.
An unsettling Donald Antrim novel.
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In science:

This situation is specially unsettling since, for that very same system size N , the LLE has been computed for the ǫ values herein considered .
Probing Hamiltonian dynamics by means of the 0-1 test for chaos
The great increase in theoretical effort, and the perhaps unsettling lack of general conclusions regarding the interpretation of most of the new experimental discoveries, illustrates the richness and chaotic recent growth of charm spectroscopy.
CHARM2010: Theory Summary
For the supersymmetric black ob jects in supergravities, prime examples of unsettled open problems are the followings: • It seems reasonable to anticipate that black rings exist in AdS, but at present no exact solution is available.
Black hole solutions in string theory
Again, similarly as in the previous case, the only unsettled case is A = hω 5 i acting on nonzero elements of F81 .
All totally symmetric colored graphs
Before we deal with three unsettled cases in the previous section, we complete our investigation considering the case k = 3.
All totally symmetric colored graphs
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