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.
Origin of bend1
Synonyms for bend
- 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.
Origin of bend2
Related Words for bendflex, crouch, incline, veer, tilt, buckle, stoop, lean, bow, twist, curl, mold, sway, yield, bending, sag, crook, arc, corner, angle
Examples from the Web for bend
Contemporary Examples of bend
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"
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After acknowledging that there has been a “bend in the curve” and a reason to hope, he warned against inaction.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
November 25, 2014
The city was described by V.S. Naipaul in his 1979 novel A Bend in the River as “a place where the future has come and gone.”‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
“This is the key way to bend the curve,” Powell told The Daily Beast of the mission abroad in a September interview.Ron Klain Will Be the Best Ebola Czar Yet
Tim Mak, Abby Haglage
October 17, 2014
Historical Examples of bend
Everywhere we see the vine, and with every bend we seem nearer the South.The Roof of France
A compact little group of men rounded the bend and approached.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Here she anchored again, just round a bend of the river, and lay there for the night.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
He rounded a bend of the road, and came full upon a remarkable vision.Meadow Grass
It was fair, and so long that when standing up she could tread on it and bend her head forward.My Double Life
verb bends, bending or bent
Word Origin for bend
Word Origin for bend
Old English bendan "to bend a bow; confine with a string, fetter," causative of bindan "to bind," from Proto-Germanic base *band- "string, band" (cf. Old Norse benda "to join, strain, strive, bend"), from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (cf. Gothic bindan, Old High German bintan, Sanskrit badhnati "binds," Lithuanian bendras "partner;" Old Persian bandaka- "subject").
"a bending or curving," 1590s; "thing of bent shape," c.1600, from bend (v.). Earlier "act of drawing a bow" (mid-15c.). The bends "decompression pain" first attested 1894.
"broad diagonal band in a coat-of-arms, etc.," c.1400, from earlier sense of "thin, flat strap for wrapping round," from Old English bend "fetter, shackle, chain," from PIE *bhendh- (see bend (v.)).
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.