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 grassMore 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.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of something straight) be shaped or forced into a curve or angle: the oar bent as Lance heaved angrily at itMore example sentences
- 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 DavenportMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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
- 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 workMore example sentences
- 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 ruleMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3.1 [with object] Interpret or modify (a rule) to suit oneself or somebody else: we cannot bend the rules, even for DarrenMore example sentences
- 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 guestsMore example sentences
- 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 sparsMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
- 2A curved or angled part or form of something: making a bend in the wireMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.More 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.
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 problemsMore example sentences
- 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.More 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
- see backward.
on bended knee (s)
- see knee.More 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
- • informal Crazy; insane: I’d tell you if you were going around the bendMore 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.
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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.
- 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.More 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.
late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French bande, Old French bende 'flat strip'.