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
Related formsbend·a·ble, adjectivenon·bend·ing, adjectivere·bend·a·ble, adjective
Examples from the Web for 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|Jack Schwartz|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andy Hinds|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Bending to pressure, Obama announced a patch to health-care reform that will avoid more cancelled plans.
And Martine, bending toward the little fellow, kissed him good-night.Brenda's Ward|Helen Leah Reed
I looked neither at him nor at her, but, bending away, laid my cheek upon her curls.The Wings of Icarus|Laurence Alma Tadema
I opened my eyes to find her bending over me with such a look of fright and remorse upon her face as I shall never forget.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
Mary, dear, she said, bending over her with an unusual infusion of emotion in her voice; darling child.The Minister's Wooing|Harriet Beecher Stowe
Through the whole afternoon he snarled at Waddle; but Waddle sat silent, bending over the ledger.Ralph the Heir|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for bending (1 of 2)
verb bends, bending or bent
Derived Formsbendable, adjective
Word Origin for bend
British Dictionary definitions for bending (2 of 2)
Word Origin for bend
Medicine definitions for bending
Idioms and Phrases with bending
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.