Variant of bend
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
Brit., Informal crazy, mad, insane, etc.