- 1(in road, river) curva (feminine)to take a bendtomar or (especially Spain) coger una curvato be round the bend (especially British English) [colloquial]estar chiflado or (in Spain also) como un cencerro [colloquial]I think I'm going round the bendcreo que me estoy volviendo locothat noise is driving me round the bendese ruido me está volviendo locoExample 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.
- 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.
- 2 (knot) (Nautical)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.
transitive verb past tense & past participle bent
- 1 do not bendno doblarhe was bent double with painse retorcía de dolorbend your head back/forwardinclina or echa la cabeza hacia atrás/adelantethey sat in silence, heads bent over their workestaban en silencio, concentrados en su trabajoExample 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.
- 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.
- 2 (direct) [formal](energies/attention)to bend one's steps/gaze toward something
concentrardirigir sus ( or mis etc) pasos/la mirada hacia algoshe bent her mind to her studies/workse concentró en sus estudios/su trabajoExample 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.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle bent
- 1 1.1(pipe/wire/handle)he had to bend to get through the door
torcersetuvo que agacharse para pasar por la puertato bend forward/backward to bend downagacharseto bend overinclinarse→ backward 2 1Example sentences1.2
(road/river)to bend to the right/left
- 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.
hacer una curvatorcer a la derecha/izquierdaExample 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 (submit) to bend (
tosomething) he bent to her will/wishescedió a su voluntad/sus deseosExample 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.
- (in heraldry)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.
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