v. t.1.To strain or move out of a straight line; to crook by straining; to make crooked; to curve; to make ready for use by drawing into a curve; as, to bend a bow; to bend the knee.
[imp. & p. p. Bended or Bent ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bending.]
2.To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.
Towards Coventry bend we our course.
- Shak.
Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent.
- Sir W. Scott.
3.To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
To bend his mind to any public business.
- Temple.
4.To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
5.(Naut.) To fasten, as one rope to another, or as a sail to its yard or stay; or as a cable to the ring of an anchor.
To bend the brow
to knit the brow, as in deep thought or in anger; to scowl; to frown.
- Camden.
v. i.1.To be moved or strained out of a straight line; to crook or be curving; to bow.
2.To jut over; to overhang.
3.To be inclined; to be directed.
To whom our vows and wished bend.
- Milton.
4.To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
While each to his great Father bends.
- Coleridge.
n.1.A turn or deflection from a straight line or from the proper direction or normal position; a curve; a crook; as, a slight bend of the body; a bend in a road.
2.Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.
Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend.
- Fletcher.
3.(Naut.) A knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to an anchor, spar, or post.
4.(Leather Trade) The best quality of sole leather; a butt. See Butt.
5.(Mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
6.(Med.) same as caisson disease. Usually referred to as the bends.
Bends of a ship
the thickest and strongest planks in her sides, more generally called wales. They have the beams, knees, and foothooks bolted to them. Also, the frames or ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of the sides; as, the midship bend.
1.A band.
2.(Her.) One of the honorable ordinaries, containing a third or a fifth part of the field. It crosses the field diagonally from the dexter chief to the sinister base.
Bend sinister
(Her.) an honorable ordinary drawn from the sinister chief to the dexter base.
Noun1.Bendbend - a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"
Synonyms: turn, crook
2.Bendbend - movement that causes the formation of a curve
Synonyms: bending
3.bend - curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
Synonyms: curve
4.bend - an angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow"
5.Bend - a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
6.bend - diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
Synonyms: bend dexter
Verb1.bend - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
Synonyms: flex
straighten, unbend - straighten up or out; make straight
2.bend - change direction; "The road bends"
3.bend - cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar"
Synonyms: twist, deform, flex, turn
unbend - free from flexure; "unbend a bow"
4.bend - bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
Synonyms: crouch, stoop, bow
5.bend - turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest
Synonyms: deflect, turn away
6.bend - bend a joint; "flex your wrists"; "bend your knees"
Synonyms: flex
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Translate Bend to Spanish, Translate Bend to German, Translate Bend to French
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Bench warrant
-- Bend --
bend dexter
bend over backwards
Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
bend sinister
Benday process
Bends of a ship
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