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
- a diagonal band extending from the dexter chief of an escutcheon to the sinister base.Compare bend sinister.
- in bend,(of a charge) set diagonally or in a diagonal row.
Origin of bend2
Origin of aeroembolism
Related Words for bendsflex, crouch, incline, veer, tilt, buckle, stoop, lean, bow, twist, curl, mold, sway, yield, bending, sag, crook, arc, corner, angle
Examples from the Web for bends
Contemporary Examples of bends
The rule of law, you see, buckles, bends and sometimes crumbles under the weight of racism, sexism, and classism.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
She holds up her phone to show a photo of UNDERWOOD looking at her ass as she bends over a Skee-Ball table at Chuck E. Cheese.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
Kelly Williams Brown
February 24, 2014
The arc of the moral universe is long, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, but it bends toward justice.Mandela and My Son
December 6, 2013
But Obama has proven himself to be a pragmatic politician, who bends to pressure as he did in abandoning plans to bomb Syria.Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick On How Obama Should Handle the Crisis In Syria
Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick
October 15, 2013
The river slinks between lush trees, its bends offering cover to the solitary figure wading across.Life on the Syrian Border
July 1, 2011
Historical Examples of bends
Over all bends the eternal heaven in its silence and mystery.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
So saying, she bends and presses her soft sweet lips to his cheek.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He bends down as if to kiss her, but she shrinks back out of his reach.
His arms tighten about her as he bends down and forces a kiss on her lips again.
They lie just on the edge of the ice, and follow all the bends and sinuosities of the shore.Rollo in Switzerland
pl n the bends
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.