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
Related Words for bendablesilky, comfortable, elastic, pliable, smooth, fluffy, spongy, comfy, rounded, plastic, creamy, thin, easy, mushy, flexible, supple, delicate, velvety, adaptable, agile
Examples from the Web for bendable
Contemporary Examples of bendable
It was made of very thin, bendable silver, looked like a piece of wire.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
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Who was that lithe, bendable gymnast setting alight the Olympic flame?
The fact is that Putin has never publically acknowledged his rumored relationship with the lithe, bendable Kabaeva.
Historical Examples of bendable
It all ties in with Mr. Damon's so-called relatives, and their knowledge of my formula for a bendable glass.
You know, I got the idea for bendable glass while I was trying to figure out a way to make a huge telescope mirror.
The fugitive crook, Hammer, had finally been nabbed, still with the formula for the bendable glass in his possession.
Then he proceeded actually to tie a knot in it, so bendable was the new substance!
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.