There are 3 definitions of Bend in English:


Syllabification: Bend
Pronunciation: /bend
  • A city in central Oregon; population 77,181 (est. 2008).

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There are 3 definitions of Bend in English:


Syllabification: bend
Pronunciation: /bend

verb (pastand past participle bent /bent/)

  • 1 [with object] Shape or force (something straight) into a curve or angle: the rising wind bent the long grass
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    • By contrast, steaming and bending the same straight grained piece of wood to the desired shape will result in a much stronger part.
    • Shapes were created by bending the hammered bars around angles on the anvil.
    • The force of the winds bent their wings, sending them crashing to the ground below.
    curve, angle, hook, bow, arch, flex, crook, hump, warp, contort, distort, deform
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of something straight) be shaped or forced into a curve or angle: the oar bent as Lance heaved angrily at it
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    • Even the palm trees bend at a picture-postcard angle.
    • A hull plate that has bent into a large curve marks the halfway-back point on the starboard side of the wreck.
    • A gun is a black object made of plastic and bent at a right angle.
  • 1.2 [no object] (Of a road, river, or path) deviate from a straight line in a specified direction; have a sharply curved course: the road bent left and then right the river slowly bends around Davenport
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    • This time, though, we walked in the other direction, and sat on a bench where the river bends dramatically, before finding its way to the Lock.
    • Every scene looks as though it is a beautiful painting of a clean and fresh outdoor scene - the river bends at just the right spot, the sun glints off of the water at just the right angle.
    • The river bends inwards away from here, and they could have lit a fire and camped with their tents against the cliffs for protection against the winds.
    turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, deviate, diverge, fork, change course, curl, loop
  • 2 [no object] (Of a person) incline the body downward from the vertical: he bent down and picked her up I bent over my plate [with infinitive]: he bent to tie his shoelaces
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    • And then, before I knew it, he had bent down and softly kissed my lips.
    • Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple of her forehead.
    • With a laugh and a burst of affection, Brian bent down to kiss her.
    stoop, bow, crouch, hunch, lean down/over
  • 2.1 [with object] Move (a jointed part of the body) to an angled position: extend your left leg and bend your right Irene bent her head over her work
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    • He gave a shuddering sigh, and bent his body into a fetal position.
    • She bent her body and laid herself on her side above Archie's paper.
    • He just stood there for a while, and then bent his massive body over to get the bill when he thought no one was looking.
  • 3Force or be forced to submit: [with object]: they want to bend me to their will [no object]: a refusal to bend to mob rule
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    • What is to stop him from forcing us all to bend to his might?
    • Would they bend to her willful forces and persuasion?
    • I also wouldn't kidnap her against her will and force her to bend to my will.
    mold, shape, manipulate, direct, force, press, influence, incline, sway
  • 3.1 [with object] Interpret or modify (a rule) to suit oneself or somebody else: we cannot bend the rules, even for Darren
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    • They're under the impression that throwing more money at the problem, and trying to bend the laws to suit their needs, will keep them afloat.
    • In this epoch of lawlessness, all warring nations have bent the law to suit their interests sometime or another.
    • These people… In their desire to get a majority, the rules are bent, the laws broken, institutions are destroyed.
  • 4 [with object] Direct or devote (one’s attention or energies) to a task: Eric bent all his efforts to persuading them to donate some blankets [no object]: she bent once more to the task of diverting the wedding guests
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    • With characteristic energy he bent his efforts to the immediate development and improvement of the land, which he converted into a fine farm that he cultivated throughout his remaining days.
    • He bent his thoughts to see if he could pick up on Chanet's thoughts.
    • With a mental shrug he bent his thoughts to the serious changes lying ahead.
  • 5 [with object] Nautical Attach (a sail or rope) by means of a knot: sailors were bending sails to the spars
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    • The main mast top mast was bent to the deck with cordage and sail draping across to starboard.
    • With this view we got on board the observatories, the Instruments and bent the sails.
    • Saturday, Dave and I finished rigging the boat, raised the mast and bent the sails on.


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  • 1A curve, especially a sharp one, in a road, river, racecourse, or path.
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    • So we finished our trip having traversed the distance along the mountain side, by rail or road, the river echoing the bends and curves with a constant murmur that kept us company.
    • One day we came round a bend in the river and saw a big boat with a strange flag.
    • They rounded a bend in the path and could now see a river up ahead.
    curve, turn, corner, jog, kink, dogleg, oxbow, zigzag, angle, arc, crescent, twist, crook, deviation, deflection, loop, hairpin turn, hairpin
  • 2A curved or angled part or form of something: making a bend in the wire
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    • Wire mesh lends itself to gentle curves and sharp bends, so you can use it to construct fences in any configuration you like.
    • In the 70°C samples, semicircles and sinusoidal bends are observed.
    • Hold the fold and squeeze it for a few seconds to make a bend in the neck.
  • 3A kind of knot used to join two ropes, or to tie a rope to another object, e.g. a carrick bend.
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    • Even so it is a very secure bend and can put up with a good deal of strain and movement. It can also be used to tie a bend with thin line.
    • But then I tied a Hunter's Bend and another similar knot, comparing it to the pictures.
    • The most important use for the Carrick bend which comes to my mind is the is the joining of two towing lines or anchor cables.
  • 4 (the bends) Decompression sickness, especially in divers.
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    • The disease suffered by divers known as the bends (decompression sickness) is an example of the same phenomenon.
    • Often called the bends, decompression sickness causes nitrogen bubbles in the tissues of a diver's body when he attempts to surface too rapidly.
    • And then you're in the same problem that divers have when they come up from a great depth, the problem of nitrogen bends, decompression sickness.


bend someone's ear

informal Talk to someone, especially with great eagerness or in order to ask a favor: she regularly bent Michael’s ear with her problems
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  • Once the artists have bent your ear, you'll want to take to the streets to tour the city's galleries and put your newfound perspectives to the test.
  • Mother was on at me for ages to make her a webpage, and one night she had a couple of glasses of wine and completely bent my ear about the subject.
  • I managed to collar him and bent his ear about the American situation.

bend one's elbow

North American Drink alcohol.
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  • Sometimes he bent his elbow in the company of other convivial fellows, and drank toasts which he would not have liked his wife and daughters to hear.
  • He was jovial, and bent his elbow frequently.
  • For the next thirty minutes Darren bent his elbow with the fluency of a gypsy fiddler while the others admired his “strong” drinking.

bend over backward

on bended knee (s)

see knee.
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  • He is one through whom the King of heaven makes his plea and implores on bended knee, with all his soul, that you be reconciled to this great King.
  • It was in the year of forty three when George and Elizabeth took their vows on bended knees.
  • They had screamed for mercy on bended knees but to no avail.

around the bend

informal Crazy; insane: I’d tell you if you were going around the bend
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  • You can't really blame me because I'm round the bend.
  • She has gone completely around the bend.
  • It's the little things that really drive me around the bend, though.



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  • By definition, flexible packaging encompasses packages and containers that are more bendable or pliant in their appearance.
  • His limbs and fingers were extraordinarily long and bendable, as if made of rubber.
  • Neon comes in tubes that are bendable and allow for design flexibility, and has a faster rise-time than traditional rear lights.


Old English bendan 'put in bonds, tension a bow by means of a string', of Germanic origin; related to band1.

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Syllabification: bend
Pronunciation: /


  • An ordinary in the form of a broad diagonal stripe from top left (dexter chief) to bottom right (sinister base) of a shield or part of one.
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    • This device of a fountain appears in the arms of the family, where six wells, which form the source of the River Stour appear with a bend on the shield.
    • Its own name is of heraldic origin and refers to the three roses in a bend on the shield of the counts of Wasserburg.
    • Something bothersome about this particular image is the way in which the bend alternates direction to become a bend sinister.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French bande, Old French bende 'flat strip'.

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