verb (used with object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.
verb (used without object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.
- thick planking immediately below the waterways of a wooden vessel.
- the wales of a vessel.
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OTHER WORDS FROM bendbend·a·ble, adjectivenon·bend·ing, adjectivere·bend·a·ble, adjective
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Definition for bend (2 of 3)
- a diagonal band extending from the dexter chief of an escutcheon to the sinister base.Compare bend sinister.
- in bend, (of a charge) set diagonally or in a diagonal row.
Definition for bend (3 of 3)
What is a basic definition of bend?
Bend means to make something change its shape from straight to curved or to make someone submit. A bend is a curve or a turn. The word bend has several other senses as a verb and a noun.
If you bend something that is straight, you are forcing it into a curve or an angle. If you bend a drinking straw, for example, you are using your hands to force it to curve or to slant. If you bend something too far, it may snap or break. Something or someone that bends is a bender.
- Real-life examples: A baker needs to bend dough to make a pretzel. Yoga includes a lot of bending forward and backward.
- Used in a sentence: Jonah’s arms were so sore after lifting weights that he could barely bend his arms.
Bend can also be used to mean to become curved or angled. This sense is often followed by the word over or down when referring to a person bending to stoop down. The adjective bendy describes something as bending easily or having a tendency to bend.
- Used in a sentence: I bent over and picked up all of the trash on the ground.
A bend is a curve or change in direction.
- Used in a sentence: When driving, you need to be careful of sudden bends in the road.
Bend can also mean to make someone submit or yield or to submit to someone else.
- Used in a sentence: Charlemagne forced the conquered people to bend to his will.
Armando bent to her demands because he had no other choice.
Where does bend come from?
The first records of bend come from before 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English verb bendan, meaning “to bind” or “to bend (a bow).” Bend is related to the word band.
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How is bend used in real life?
Bend is a common word used to mean to make something curved or to become curved.
It’s been 40 days since surgery and I can bend my leg 75 degrees!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽
— Lionel Torres (@Torreslionel3) November 6, 2018
I will spend a very long time redirecting my Roomba with my feet before I'll bend over to pick it up.
— amanda (@MandiJStewart) February 5, 2021
I bent my iPhone in my back pocket… and I kinda like it! 😂 It has a custom curved screen now 😎📱
— Ali-A (@OMGitsAliA) November 16, 2016
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Is bend used correctly in the following sentence?
I had to bend the envelope a little bit to get it to fit inside the mailbox.
How to use bend in a sentence
Adjust the screen’s brightness and contrast for comfort, and find a chair with arm rests that allows your child to sit with knees at a 90-degree bend and feet flat on the floor.As stay-at-home restrictions rise, here are ways to cope|Washington Post Staff, Elizabeth Chang, Mari-Jane Williams, Becky Krystal, Kendra Nichols, Caitlin Moore, Stephanie Merry, Missy Rosenberg, Katherine Lee|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
I began to recognize the slight bends in each trail and measure distance by landmarks like couches and paint cans.
Bend, Oregon, via Central Oregon Most Oregonian visitors envision moss-covered trees and a verdantly green and dense tree canopy that lends itself to rain more than snow.The best winter road trips for RVs, from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the Florida Keys|Heather Balogh Rochfort|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
The largest, just around the bend from Cymric 1Y, started in 2003.Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.|by Janet Wilson, The Desert Sun, and Lylla Younes, ProPublica|September 18, 2020|ProPublica
It covers your backside when you need to pee in the desert—every female hiker knows what it’s like to try to time a bathroom break before someone rounds the bend—and it protects you from the sun while your swimsuit dries out.
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"
Clickbait title notwithstanding, Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
Today, the train chugs north out of Kanchanaburi over the famous bridge before it hits a spectacular bend in the river.
“They would bend my head back, put a towel over my face and pour water over the towel,” Harrison was quoted as saying.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After acknowledging that there has been a “bend in the curve” and a reason to hope, he warned against inaction.
But there was no shadow ahead of him this night; there was no somber thing to bend down the high serenity of his happy heart.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Malcolm reined up, and soon a British officer appeared round a bend in the road.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Perry Thomas parted from us at the gate, and we stood watching his retreating figure till we lost it at the bend.
We heard Aaron Kallaberger's stentorian tones as we clattered around the bend.
The boy's knees began to bend under him, and he was reaching a long, thin arm out behind hunting for the bench.
British Dictionary definitions for bend (1 of 2)
verb bends, bending or bent
Derived forms of bendbendable, adjective
Word Origin for bend
British Dictionary definitions for bend (2 of 2)
Word Origin for bend
Medical definitions for bend
Idioms and Phrases with bend
In addition to the idioms beginning with bend
- bend one's elbow
- bend over backwards
- bend someone's ear
- around the bend
- crook (bend) one's elbow
- on bended knee
Also see underbent.