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 bendedflex, crouch, incline, veer, tilt, buckle, stoop, lean, bow, twist, curl, mold, sway, yield, bending, sag, crook, arc, corner, angle
Examples from the Web for bended
Contemporary Examples of bended
The barbarians come, not wielding a rubber chicken, but on bended knee with a proffered rose.‘Ted’ Is Funny: So What Killed the Movie Comedy?
July 2, 2012
And, of course, Hitchcock, to whom the filmmakers practically got down on bended knee.Tilda Swinton's Passion Project
June 17, 2010
Commissioner Roger Goodell made Vick come on bended knee to apply for reinstatement.The NFL's Spiritual Guru
February 3, 2010
Historical Examples of bended
Or did they expect him to come to them with bowed forehead and bended knee?The Scapegoat
The closing words were uttered on bended knees, and with uplifted hands.The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
The wind and the rain beat on Minister Malden's bended back.
They could only destroy me; and Ivan, sometimes, upon my bended knees I pray for death.Princess Zara
Father Petre, on bended knees, seconded these remonstrances.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
verb bends, bending or bent
Word Origin for bend
Word Origin for bend
original past participle of bend (v.), retained after 14c. in certain formal or poetic formulations, especially on bended knee.
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.