- Not strained by the string.
Apollo heard, and conqu'ring his disdain,
Unbent his bow, and Greece inspir'd again. Dryden.
- Having the bow unstrung.
Why hast thou gone so far,
To be unbent when thou hast ta'en thy stand,
Th' elected deer before thee? Shakesp. Cymbeline.
- Not crushed; not subdued.
But thou, secure of soul, unbent with woes,
The more thy fortune frowns, the more oppose. Dryden.
- Relaxed; not intent.
Be not always on affairs intent,
But let thy thoughts be easy and unbent:
When our mind's eyes are disengag'd and free,
They clearer, farther, and distinctly see. Denham.