- The definition of a bend is a curve or angle.
An example of a bend is a twist in the road.
- To bend is defined as to give a curve or angle to something, or to hide or misrepresent.
- An example of to bend is to curve a straw.
- An example of to bend is to leave some facts out of a story.
To perform this exercise the man must bend forward.
transitive verbbent, bending
- Obsolete to cause tension in (a bow, etc.), as by drawing with a string
- to force (an object) into a curved or crooked form, or (back) to its original form, by turning, pulling, pressing, etc.
- to turn from a straight line: light rays are bent by refraction
- to make submit or give in: to bend another's will to one's wishes
- to turn or direct (one's eyes, attention, energy, etc. to)
- to cause to have a fixed purpose; determine: used in the passive voice: he was bent on success
- to incline or tend (to or toward)
- Naut. to attach; fasten: to bend a signal flag onto a halyard
Origin of bendMiddle English benden ; from Old English bendan, to confine with a string (; from Germanic an unverified form bandjan ; from an unverified form bindan from source bind); hence, to fetter, bend (a bow)
- to turn or be turned from a straight line or from some direction or position
- to yield by curving or crooking, as from pressure
- to crook or curve the body from a standing position; stoop (over or down)
- to give in; yield: he bent to her wishes
- Archaic to direct one's attention, energy, etc. (to something)
- a bending or being bent
- a bent or curving part, as of a river
- Naut. a wale: usually used in pl.
round the bend
- any of various knots used to tie one rope to another or to something else
- Tanning one half of a trimmed hide
Origin of bendMiddle English ; from bend
Origin of bendOld French bende: see band
verbbent bent , bend·ing, bends
- a. To cause to assume a curved or angular shape: bend a piece of iron into a horseshoe.b. To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.c. To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events” (Robert F. Kennedy).d. To misrepresent; distort: bend the truth.e. To relax or make an exception to: bend a rule to allow more members into the club.
- To cause to swerve from a straight line; deflect: Light is bent as it passes through water.
- To render submissive; subdue: “[His] words so often bewitched crowds and bent them to his will” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
- To apply (the mind) closely: “The weary naval officer goes to bed at night having bent his brain all day to a scheme of victory” (Jack Beatty).
- Nautical To fasten: bend a mainsail onto the boom.
- a. To deviate from a straight line or position: The lane bends to the right at the bridge.b. To assume a curved, crooked, or angular form or direction: The saplings bent in the wind.
- To incline the body; stoop.
- To make a concession; yield.
- To apply oneself closely; concentrate: She bent to her task.
- a. The act or fact of bending.b. The state of being bent.
- Something bent: a bend in the road.
- bends Nautical The thick planks in a ship's side; wales.
- bends (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Decompression sickness. Used with the.
Origin of bendMiddle English benden, from Old English bendan; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.
- Heraldry A band passing from the upper dexter corner of an escutcheon to the lower sinister corner.
- Nautical A knot that joins a rope to a rope or another object.
Origin of bendMiddle English, from Old English bend, band, and from Old French bende, bande, band (of Germanic origin; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present bends, present participle bending, simple past and past participle bent or (archaic) bended)
- To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
- If you bend the pipe too far, it will break.
- Don’t bend your knees.
- (intransitive) To become curved.
- Look at the trees bending in the wind.
- To cause to change direction.
- (intransitive) To change direction.
- The road bends to the right
- (intransitive) To be inclined; to direct itself.
- (intransitive, usually with "down") To stoop.
- He bent down to pick up the pieces.
- (intransitive) To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
- To force to submit.
- They bent me to their will.
- (intransitive) To submit.
- I am bending to my desire to eat junk food.
- To apply to a task or purpose.
- He bent the company's resources to gaining market share.
- (intransitive) To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
- He bent to the goal of gaining market share.
- To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
- (nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
- Bend the sail to the yard.
- (music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
- You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.
- (intransitive, nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
- A curve.
- There's a sharp bend in the road ahead.
- (nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
- (in the plural, medicine, diving, with the) A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
- A diver who stays deep for too long must ascend very slowly in order to prevent the bends.
- (heraldry) One of the honourable ordinaries formed by two diagonal lines drawn from the dexter chief to the sinister base; it generally occupies a fifth part of the shield if uncharged, but if charged one third.
- In the leather trade, the best quality of sole leather; a butt.
- (mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
- (nautical, in the plural) The thickest and strongest planks in a ship's sides, more generally called wales, which have the beams, knees, and futtocks bolted to them.
- (nautical, in the plural) The frames or ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of the sides.
- the midship bends
- D. Neb.
From Middle English benden, from Old English bendan (“to bind or bend (a bow), fetter, restrain”), from Proto-Germanic *bandijaną (“to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to bind, tie”). Cognate with Middle High German benden (“to fetter”), Danish bænde (“to bend”), Norwegian bende (“to bend”), Faroese benda (“to bend, inflect”), Icelandic benda (“to bend”). More at band.