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
Examples from the Web for bending
Contemporary Examples of bending
In this light, shutting down the Government rather than bending on legislation becomes a moral imperative.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
You must work standing up, bending over, and exerting yourself most or all of the time.Ad's Message to Moms: If You Don’t Think Parenting Sucks, You’re Doing it Wrong
April 18, 2014
Bending, with a breaking heart, I touched the marble drapery with my lips, then crept back into the silent house.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
While bending down to accept flowers from a school girl, Middleton's skirt flew up behind her.Ann Demeulemeester to Exit Namesake Label; Kate Middleton Pulls a Marilyn Monroe
The Fashion Beast Team
November 20, 2013
Bending to pressure, Obama announced a patch to health-care reform that will avoid more cancelled plans.It Wasn’t Broke, But Obama Fixed It Anyway
November 14, 2013
Historical Examples of bending
The whole rested on a golden image of Atlas, bending beneath the weight.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He took the hand which she extended and, bending over it, kissed it gallantly.Viviette
William J. Locke
She smiled, but there was a hint of grimness in the bending of her lips.Within the Law
He turned the car toward the suburbs, and then, bending toward her, smiled into her eyes.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
No breath of air stirred the foliage or the bending rushes in the swale.In the Valley
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.