Bend meaning

bĕnd
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.

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The definition of a bend is a curve or angle.

An example of a bend is a twist in the road.

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A band passing from the upper dexter corner of an escutcheon to the lower sinister corner.
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A diagonal stripe or band on a shield from the upper left to the lower right corner (as seen by the viewer)
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To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
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(music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.

You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.

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(intransitive, nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
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(nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.

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(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.
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In the leather trade, the best quality of sole leather; a butt.
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(mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
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(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.
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(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.

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To cause to swerve from a straight line; deflect.

Light is bent as it passes through water.

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To render submissive; subdue.
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To apply (the mind) closely.
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To fasten.

Bend a mainsail onto the boom.

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To incline the body; stoop.
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To make a concession; yield.
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To apply oneself closely; concentrate.

She bent to her task.

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Something bent.

A bend in the road.

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The thick planks in a ship's side; wales.
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Decompression sickness. Used with the.
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A knot that joins a rope to a rope or another object.
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A city of central Oregon on the Deschutes River in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range.
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To cause tension in (a bow, etc.), as by drawing with a string.
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To force (an object) into a curved or crooked form, or (back) to its original form, by turning, pulling, pressing, etc.
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To turn from a straight line.

Light rays are bent by refraction.

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To flex a limb at (a joint, as the knee or elbow)
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To make submit or give in.

To bend another's will to one's wishes.

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To turn or direct (one's eyes, attention, energy, etc. to)
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To cause to have a fixed purpose; determine.

He was bent on success.

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To incline or tend (to or toward)
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To interpret or apply (a rule) in a way calculated to gain a desired end.
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To attach; fasten.

To bend a signal flag onto a halyard.

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To turn or be turned from a straight line or from some direction or position.
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To yield by curving or crooking, as from pressure.
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To crook or curve the body from a standing position; stoop (over or down)
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To give in; yield.

He bent to her wishes.

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To direct one's attention, energy, etc. (to something)
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A bending or being bent.
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A bent or curving part, as of a river.
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A wale.
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Any of various knots used to tie one rope to another or to something else.
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One half of a trimmed hide.
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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.

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(intransitive) To become curved.

Look at the trees bending in the wind.

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To cause to change direction.
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(intransitive) To change direction.

The road bends to the right.

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(intransitive) To be inclined; to direct itself.
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(intransitive, usually with "down") To stoop.

He bent down to pick up the pieces.

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(intransitive) To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
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To force to submit.

They bent me to their will.

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(intransitive) To submit.

I am bending to my desire to eat junk food.

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To apply to a task or purpose.

He bent the company's resources to gaining market share.

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(intransitive) To apply oneself to a task or purpose.

He bent to the goal of gaining market share.

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(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.

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There's a sharp bend in the road ahead.

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(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.

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around the bend
  • Mentally deranged; crazy.
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bend (one's) elbow
  • To drink alcoholic beverages.
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bend out of shape
  • To annoy or anger.
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bend
  • To make an effort greater than is required.
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bend (someone's) ear
  • To talk to at length, usually excessively.
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round the bend
  • Crazy, mad, insane, etc.
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Origin of bend

  • Middle English from Old English bend band, and from Old French bende, bande band (of Germanic origin bhendh- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English benden from Old English bendan bhendh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary