bend

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[ bend ]
/ bɛnd /
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verb (used with object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.

verb (used without object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. benchmark position,
  2. benchmarking,
  3. benchrest,
  4. benchwarmer,
  5. benchy,
  6. bend dexter,
  7. bend one's elbow,
  8. bend over backwards,
  9. bend sinister,
  10. bend someone's ear

Idioms

    around/round the bend, Slang. insane; crazy: These interruptions will send me round the bend!
    bend/lean/fall over backward, to exert oneself to the utmost; make a serious effort: They bent over backward to make sure their guests were comfortable.

Origin of bend

1
before 1000; Middle English benden (v.) Old English bendan to bind, bend (a bow); cognate with Middle High German benden, Old Norse benda; akin to Old Norse band band. See band3

Related formsbend·a·ble, adjectivenon·bend·ing, adjectivere·bend·a·ble, adjective

Synonym study

10. Bend, bow, stoop imply taking a bent posture. Bend and bow are used of the head and upper body; stoop is used of the body only.

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British Dictionary definitions for bending

bend

1
/ (bɛnd) /

verb bends, bending or bent

noun

See also bends

Derived Formsbendable, adjective

Word Origin for bend

Old English bendan; related to Old Norse benda, Middle High German benden; see bind, band ³

bend

2
/ (bɛnd) /

noun

heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal line traversing a shield

Word Origin for bend

Old English bend band ²; see bend 1

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Word Origin and History for bending
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Medicine definitions for bending

bend

[ bĕnd ]

v.

To incline the body; stoop.

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Idioms and Phrases with bending

bend

In addition to the idioms beginning with bend

  • bend one's elbow
  • bend over backwards
  • bend someone's ear

also see:

  • around the bend
  • crook (bend) one's elbow
  • on bended knee

Also see underbent.

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