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Unbind  v. t.  (past & past part. unbound; pres. part. unbinding)  To remove a band from; to set free from shackles or fastenings; to untie; to unfasten; to loose; as, unbind your fillets; to unbind a prisoner's arms; to unbind a load.






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"Unbind" Quotes from Famous Books



... this from one who professes to be a follower of the Lord Jesus, a part of whose mission was to unbind the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free. It is pain to me to hear you advance the sentiments you do in the presence of your children; and a class-leader in the Methodist Protestant Church. I can not henceforward acknowledge you ...
— A Woman's Life-Work - Labors and Experiences • Laura S. Haviland

... admire His goat, his parrot, his uncouth attire, The stick, due-notch'd, that told each tedious day That in the lonely island wore away? Who has not shudder'd, where he stands aghast At sight of human footsteps in the waste? Or joy'd not, when his trembling hands unbind Thee, Friday, gentlest of the savage kind? The genius who conceiv'd that magic tale Was skill'd by native pathos to prevail. His stories, though rough-drawn, and fram'd in haste, Had that which pleas'd our homely grandsires' ...
— The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb IV - Poems and Plays • Charles and Mary Lamb

... and drop i' the sea Till fathomless waters cover thee! For I am living, but thou art dead; Thou drawest back, I strive ahead The Day to find. Thy shells unbind! Night comes behind; I needs must hurry with the wind And trim me best ...
— Poems Every Child Should Know - The What-Every-Child-Should-Know-Library • Various

... given it a sound drubbing, he bade them unbind the sack and throw it into the street. And so the day dawned, and all was well with the child. That day they performed the ceremony of Initiation with great rejoicing, and the Baal Shem was made godfather or Sandek. But before the feasting began, the father ...
— Dreamers of the Ghetto • I. Zangwill

... most long and beautiful hair like spun-gold; and when she heard the voice of the Witch she would unbind her golden locks and let them fall loose over the window sill, from which they hung down to such a length that the Witch could draw herself up by ...
— Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17) - Folk-Lore, Fables, And Fairy Tales • Various

... preservers of his happiness.—"This church," said he, "shall henceforth possess a double share of my veneration; this holy man will, I hope, finish the charitable work he has begun, by tying those bands of our happiness, which nought but death shall have power to unbind." Then turning to that object which was the star of his regard, "Do I not overrate," said he, "my interest with the fair Monimia?" She made no verbal reply; but answered by an emphatic glance, more eloquent than all the power of rhetoric ...
— The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete • Tobias Smollett

... when, in time of peace, the Knights of the Cross had kidnapped the prince near Zlotorja and imprisoned him. They did not wish to dispatch Zygfried at once. But here and there, one of the doughty Polish nobles would say: "Unbind him and we will give him arms, and then challenge him to deadly combat." To such the Bohemian would give a potent reason: that the right to vengeance belonged to the unfortunate lord of Spychow, and one must not deprive ...
— The Knights of the Cross • Henryk Sienkiewicz

... sudden gust of wind arise, The brittle forest into atoms flies: The crackling wood beneath the tempest bends, And in a spangled shower the prospect ends. Or if a southern gale the region warm, And by degrees unbind the wintry charm; The traveller a miry country sees, And journeys sad ...
— The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899 • George A. Aitken

... and flowers around, And then to Winter leaves the ground; With frost and snow and tempests drear, He closes each succeeding year. But though so swift they pass from view, Each has its portioned work to do. Spring must unbind the icy chains, And send the streamlet o'er the plains; Call the feather'd songsters home, That far in southern climates roam: Must bid the springing grass appear, And daisies crown the bright parterre; Gently distil her silent ...
— Withered Leaves from Memory's Garland • Abigail Stanley Hanna

... 'Unbind them,' said the Prefect; 'let him have his humor. Yet shall we fit on other bracelets anon that may not sit ...
— Aurelian - or, Rome in the Third Century • William Ware

... dropt it on the moors! Lost it, and you cannot find it,'— My own heart I want, not yours: You have bound and must unbind it. Set it free then from your net, We will love, sweet,—but not yet! Fling it from you:—we are strong; Love is trouble, love is folly: Love, that makes an old heart young, ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866 • Various

... declared, "the monster bound you ... and he shall unbind you. You have only to play the necessary part! ...
— The Phantom of the Opera • Gaston Leroux

... cover the meat with it, and roll and bind it up firmly. Half bake it in a slow oven, let it grow cold, take off the fat, and put the gravy into a stewpan; flour the meat, put it in the gravy, and stew it till perfectly tender. Now take out the meat, unbind it, add to the gravy wine and ketchup as above, give one boil, and pour over the meat. Serve with red-currant jelly; and, if obtainable, a few mushrooms stewed for a few minutes in the gravy, will be found ...
— The Book of Household Management • Mrs. Isabella Beeton

... To their great surprise, they found her alive and unhurt, though surrounded by lions and tigers, which a lioness at her feet kept at some distance. As soon as the lioness saw the soldiers, she fell back a little, so they were able to unbind Maldonata, who told them the story of this lioness, whom she knew to be the same one she had formerly helped in the cavern. When the soldiers were taking Maldonata away, the lioness fawned upon her, as though unwilling to part from her. The soldiers repeated the story to their ...
— Anecdotes of Animals • Unknown

... gust of wind arise, The brittle forest into atoms flies: The crackling wood beneath the tempest bends, And in a spangled show'r the prospect ends. Or, if a southern gale the region warm, And by degrees unbind the wintry charm, The traveller, a miry country sees, And journeys ...
— The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. • Theophilus Cibber

... of these things Precisely where the intertwined atoms Are held together. And, further, easily Brass it unbinds and quickly fuseth gold, Because its force is so minutely made Of tiny parts and elements so smooth That easily they wind their way within, And, when once in, quickly unbind all knots And loosen all the bonds ...
— Of The Nature of Things • [Titus Lucretius Carus] Lucretius

... for thy ivory nor thy gold Will I unbind thy chain; That bloody hand shall never hold The battle-spear again. A price thy nation never gave Shall yet be paid for thee; For thou shalt be the Christian's slave, In ...
— The American Union Speaker • John D. Philbrick

... nations; still they are but tools of the higher power. I do not say that God is the author of wars any more than He is of sin; but wars are yet sent as a punishment to those whom they directly and immediately affect, while they unbind the cords of slavery, and relax the hold of tyrants. They are like storms in the natural world: they create a healthier moral life, after the disasters are past. Those ambitious men, who seek to add province to province and ...
— The Old Roman World • John Lord

... Ranulph, calling the attorney, who had been an inquisitive spectator, though, luckily, not an auditor of this interview, "unbind the ...
— Rookwood • William Harrison Ainsworth

... "We'll have to unbind them while they disrobe. We'll strip one at a time. You hold the gun while ...
— The Boy Allies At Verdun • Clair W. Hayes

... to unbind the long legs of Ghip-Ghisizzle, leaving his body and arms, however, tied fast together. Then between them they got him upon his feet and led him away, paying no attention to poor Tiggle, who whined to be released so he could fight in the war. After ...
— Sky Island - Being the further exciting adventures of Trot and Cap'n - Bill after their visit to the sea fairies • L. Frank Baum

... The patient convoy breaks its destined way; At every turn the loosening chains resound, The swinging ploughshare circles glistening round, Till the wide field one billowy waste appears, And wearied hands unbind the ...
— The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Complete • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

... of the blessed Virgin, let there be strife and bloodshed!" said Eveline; "rather unbind my eyes, and let me speak to those whose approach you dread. If friends, as it would seem to me, I will be the means ...
— The Betrothed • Sir Walter Scott

... and said, 'That was worthy of us both. If you will unbind my hands, senors, I shall be most happy to copy so ...
— Westward Ho! • Charles Kingsley

... in heart aught of regret or requirement that I may fulfil it to thee? Ask of me anything save release, ere the Commander of the Faithful say the word and forthright thy head fall before thy feet?" "I desire," quoth the Chamberlain, "that thou unbind this bandage from mine eyes so may I look one latest look at the world and at my friends, after which do thou work thy will." The Sworder granted this and Alaeddin glanced first to the right where he saw none to aidance dight, and then to the left ...
— Supplemental Nights, Volume 6 • Richard F. Burton

... Unbind the fetters of thine ears: listen! For I wish to hear thee! Up! Up! There is thunder enough to make ...
— Thus Spake Zarathustra - A Book for All and None • Friedrich Nietzsche

... time, as hath been found, He can make sick folk whole, and fresh, and sound. Them who are whole in body and in mind He can make sick, bind can he and unbind All that he will have ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845 • Various

... morn, and the way that parted Was far, but I rivall'd the wind, The troth to plight with a maiden true-hearted, That force can never unbind. I led her apart, and the hour that we reckon'd, While I gain'd a love and a bride, I heard my heart, and could tell each second, As its ...
— The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI. - The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century • Various

... them with bare feet, and no male relations, except the husband, will ever see the feet and lower part of the legs of the women in the house. These women have their modesty in their feet, and also their coquetry; to unbind the feet of a woman is for a man a voluptuous act, and the touch of the bands produces the same effect as a corset still warm from a woman's body on a European man. A woman's beauty, that which attracts and excites a man, lies in her foot; ...
— Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6) • Havelock Ellis

... moved at length to pity by his tears, We spare him. Priam bids the cords unbind, And thus with friendly words the captive cheers; 'Whoe'er thou art, henceforward blot from mind The Greeks, and leave thy miseries behind. Ours shalt thou be; but mark, and tell me now, What means this monster, for what use designed? Some warlike engine? ...
— The Aeneid of Virgil - Translated into English Verse by E. Fairfax Taylor • Virgil

... vows receive, "And oh, in mercy, bid my father live!"— 150 "Wilt them be mine?" the enamour'd chief replies, "Yes, cruel! see, he dies, my father dies— "Save, save, my father"—"Dear, angelic maid, "The charm'd Alphonso cried, be swift obey'd: "Unbind his chains—Ah, calm each anxious Pain, 155 "Aciloe's voice no more shall plead in vain; "Plac'd near his child, thy aged sire shall share "Our joys still cherish'd by thy tender care"— "No more (she cried) will fate that bliss allow, "Before my lips shall breathe the nuptial vow, 160 ...
— Poems (1786), Volume I. • Helen Maria Williams

... Sometimes the temple there she kept, And from her heavenly hand The dragon meat did take: she kept Also the fruit divine, With herbs and liquors sweet that still To sleep did men incline. The minds of men (she saith) from love With charms she can unbind, In whom she list: but others can She cast to cases unkind. The running streams do stand, and from Their course the stars do wreath, And souls she conjure can: then shalt See sister underneath The ground with roring gape and trees, And ...
— The Mysteries of All Nations • James Grant

... much alarmed when he saw so great a crowd, and how enraged they were, that he ordered the executioner to put his saber immediately into the scabbard, to unbind Aladdin, and at the same time commanded the porters to declare to the people that the sultan had pardoned him, and ...
— Types of Children's Literature • Edited by Walter Barnes

... Rhine's unresting daughters, I deem your word was of weight! All that you ask Now is your own; Here from my ashes' Heap you may have it!— The flame as it clasps me round Free from the curse of the ring!— Back to its gold Unbind it again, And far in the flood Withhold its fire, The Rhine's unslumbering sun, That for harm from ...
— Stories of the Wagner Opera • H. A. Guerber

... canes, till they force him into a narrow stall, in which he is securely fastened with strong ropes about his body and legs, and is left there for three or four days without food or drink. Then they bring a female to him, with food and drink, and unbind the ropes, and he becomes tame in three or four days. When they take the elephants to war, they fix a frame of wood on their backs with great ropes, upon which sit four or six men, who fight with guns, bows and arrows, darts, and other weapons; ...
— A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII • Robert Kerr

... and delved the barren sand: I wrote with dust and gave it to the wind: Of melting snow, false Love, was made thy band, Which suddenly the day's bright beams unbind. Now am I ware, and know my own mistake— How false are all the promises you make; Now am I ware, and know the fact, ah me! That who confides in you, ...
— Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series • John Addington Symonds

... air breathe braver: "Be proud! for she is saved, and all have helped to save her! 390 She that lifts up the manhood of the poor, She of the open soul and open door, With room about her hearth for all mankind! The fire is dreadful in her eyes no more; From her bold front the helm she doth unbind, 395 Sends all her handmaid armies back to spin, And bids her navies, that so lately hurled Their crashing battle, hold their thunders in, Swimming like birds of calm along the unharmful shore. No challenge sends she to the elder world, 400 That looked ...
— The Vision of Sir Launfal - And Other Poems • James Russell Lowell

... their hearing shrill, Their weapon, faith; their fortress, was the grave; They had no courage, time, device, or will, To fight, to fly, excuse, or pardon crave, But stood prepared to die, yet help they find, Whence least they hope, such knots can Heaven unbind. ...
— Jerusalem Delivered • Torquato Tasso

... human nature whose beauty has been always felt, and whose triumph is written among the eternal prophecies which time only fulfills. Honor then, to-day, to those truly brave and generous men who, with their own hands unbound, were not afraid to unbind the hands of their wives and mothers! Honor, too, to the women who were intelligent enough to appreciate the gift, and wise and brave enough to use it. No scandal accompanied its exercise. There was no talk in that time of the women deserting their household fires, their tender children, ...
— History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage

... that even now is thine! Canst not thou in some far-off corner find A heart, sin-bound, as tree with sapping vine, That waiteth help its burdens to unbind? ...
— The Arena - Volume 4, No. 22, September, 1891 • Various

... to unbind, unloose, open: on-sl meoto, sige-hr secgum (disclose thy views to the men, thy victor's courage; or, thy ...
— Beowulf • James A. Harrison and Robert Sharp, eds.

... battlements in a moment are in the dust. Martha and Mary in vain can make their voices be heard in the "dull, cold ear of death," but at their Lord's bidding they can hurl back the outer portals where their dead is laid. They cannot unbind one fetter, but they can open with human hand the prison-door ...
— Memories of Bethany • John Ross Macduff

... however, heard from undoubted authority that I am only forty-seven this day, and I know that I am about to die. I die, however, without the dread of death, fortified as I am by the sacred precepts of Christianity and upheld by its promises. When I am gone, I wish that you, my children, should unbind this black ribbon and alone behold my wrist before I am ...
— The Book of Dreams and Ghosts • Andrew Lang

... unbind the braided tresses of my coroneted hair! Let it fall in single ringlets such as I was wont ...
— Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863 - Devoted to Literature and National Policy • Various

... thou not heard the ancient forests, bending To the far sweeping of the mighty wind, Send forth a solemn sound, as though responding To voices deep that secret powers unbind? ...
— The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844 - Volume 23, Number 1 • Various

... tie, fasten, secure, gird, confine, restrict, restrain; bandage, swathne; oblige, obligate, lay under, obligation; indenture, apprentice; confirm, sanction, ratify; swaddle. Antonyms: unbind, loose. ...
— Putnam's Word Book • Louis A. Flemming

... unbind the captive, So only are ye unbound; Lift up a people from the dust, Trump of ...
— Selections From American Poetry • Various



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