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bend1

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.

noun

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1A curve, especially a sharp one, in a road, river, racecourse, or path.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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  • In Old English bendan (of Germanic origin) was ‘put in bonds’ or ‘make a bow taut by means of a string’, leading to an association with the curved shape of the bow.

Phrases

bend someone's ear

1
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

2
North American Drink alcohol.
Example sentences
  • 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

3

on bended knee (s)

4
see knee.
Example sentences
  • 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

5
informal Crazy; insane: I’d tell you if you were going around the bend
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

bendable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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bend2

Syllabification: bend
Pronunciation: /bend
 
/

noun

Heraldry
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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  • In Old English bendan (of Germanic origin) was ‘put in bonds’ or ‘make a bow taut by means of a string’, leading to an association with the curved shape of the bow.

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Bend3

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

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