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

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

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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
SYNONYMS FOR bend
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.

Definition for bends (2 of 4)

bend

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[ bend ]
/ bɛnd /

noun

Heraldry.
  1. a diagonal band extending from the dexter chief of an escutcheon to the sinister base.Compare bend sinister.
  2. in bend, (of a charge) set diagonally or in a diagonal row.
Tanning. half of a trimmed butt or hide.

Origin of bend

2
before 1000; Middle English: coalescence of Old English bend band (see band3) and Middle French bende band2

Definition for bends (3 of 4)

Bend

[ bend ]
/ bɛnd /

noun

a city in central Oregon.

Definition for bends (4 of 4)

aeroembolism

[ air-oh-em-buh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˌɛər oʊˈɛm bəˌlɪz əm /

noun Pathology.

an obstruction of the circulatory system caused by air, as may arise during surgery.
Also called the bends, caisson disease, decompression sickness. an acute condition caused by a rapid substantial decrease in atmospheric pressure, as in high-altitude flying and coming up from deep-sea diving, characterized by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood, severe pain in the lungs and joints, and neurological impairment.

Origin of aeroembolism

First recorded in 1935–40; aero- + embolism
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British Dictionary definitions for bends (1 of 4)

bends

/ (bɛndz) /

pl n the bends

(functioning as singular or plural) a nontechnical name for decompression sickness

British Dictionary definitions for bends (2 of 4)

aeroembolism

/ (ˌɛərəʊˈɛmbəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

a former name for air embolism

British Dictionary definitions for bends (3 of 4)

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

British Dictionary definitions for bends (4 of 4)

bend

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/ (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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Medicine definitions for bends (1 of 2)

bends

[ bĕndz ]

n.

decompression sickness

Medicine definitions for bends (2 of 2)

bend

[ bĕnd ]

v.

To incline the body; stoop.
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Idioms and Phrases with bends

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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