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


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


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
We had fair weather all the afternoon, but the wind was unsettled, veering round by the north to the east.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 14" by Robert Kerr
The competition of organizations for good school children as leaders can become unsettling to the young.
"Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents" by Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
He had been a peculiar boy, unsettled, studious, impractical.
"Kit of Greenacre Farm" by Izola Forrester
The whole country is most unsettled, all the Singphos and Khukeens being in open rebellion.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The greater part of this week the winds were moderate with unsettled weather.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
The next day the weather was so very unsettled, attended with heavy showers of snow, that the carpenters were not able to proceed in their work.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
These people may have a feud, and sometimes they do; but this rarely remains long unsettled.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
The Marquis was as unsettled as his predecessor, Arran, in the minority of Queen Mary.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
This I refused to do: I would not do so for the sake of those who were unsettled or in danger of unsettlement.
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
At that moment I was thinking only of Rakhal, of an unsettled blood-feud, and of my revenge.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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.

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
We thank Kornel Kisielewicz who helped us to write suitable programs to compute unsettled cases n = 34 , 74 and 28 .
All totally symmetric colored graphs
Panel (d) of Figure 2 displays a rather unsettled curve for dnk , the difference between successive statistics ˜Tnk .
Test for bandedness of high-dimensional covariance matrices and bandwidth estimation
The most important classes of groups, for which the Baum-Connes conjecture is unsettled, are simple linear groups of split rank ≥ 2 over local fields, where BCCoeff is open, and lattices in such groups where already BC is unknown in most cases.
The Baum-Connes conjecture with coefficients for word-hyperbolic groups (after Vincent Lafforgue)
This problem was introduced in , and is still unsettled.
Combinatorial methods: from groups to polynomial algebras
Beyond this simplest and idealized situation many aspects of vortex dynamics have remained unsettled and even controversial.
Microscopic theory of vortex dynamics in homogeneous superconductors
Rather unsettling results of investigations into the changes due the next-to-leading logarithmic (NLL) BFKL equation on long-known leading logarithmic quantities were reported already at DIS’98.
Summary of the Structure Function Working Group at DIS'99
However, in view of the theoretically unsettled situation it is not obvious a priori whether this should count positively or negatively.
Collective flow and QCD phase transition
Although the agreement on the fact that flare statistics depart from ordinary statistical mechanics is general, there seems to be the still unsettled issue of what is the proper model which will account for this form of anomalous statistics.
Diffusion entropy and waiting time statistics of hard x-ray solar flares
At somewhat higher temperatures hadrons are copiously produced and local thermal equilibrium may be achieved, although exactly how is an unsettled issue.
High Temperature Matter and Gamma Ray Spectra from Microscopic Black Holes
The issue of solving the problem (P) for generic finite-difference approximation remains unsettled and it is not clear how far off h1/7 is from the true rate.
A priori estimates of smoothness of solutions to difference Bellman equations with linear and quasilinear operators