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.
Words nearby bend
Idioms for bend
Origin of bend1
OTHER WORDS FROM bendbend·a·ble, adjectivenon·bend·ing, adjectivere·bend·a·ble, adjective
synonym study for bend
Definition for bends (2 of 4)
- 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.
Definition for bends (3 of 4)
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Examples from the Web for bends
The rule of law, you see, buckles, bends and sometimes crumbles under the weight of racism, sexism, and classism.
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|DAILY BEAST
The arc of the moral universe is long, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, but it bends toward justice.
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|DAILY BEAST
The river slinks between lush trees, its bends offering cover to the solitary figure wading across.
These are fastened to the tree by means of a bit of tin on the rim, which he bends over into the bark.Rubber|Edith A. Browne
Before he could formulate the idea that a boat must have been hit in the bends, there were several similar shocks.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer|Cyrus Townsend Brady
The effect of the descent of One so high must be to raise the lowliness to which He bends.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III|Alexander Maclaren
The wind passes and it bends—let the wind, too, pass over the spirit.The Hills and the Vale|Richard Jefferies
From time to time she rises on her stilts, bends into a ring, seizes her opaline bundle in her mandibles, and chews it gently.The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
British Dictionary definitions for bends (1 of 4)
pl n the bends
British Dictionary definitions for bends (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for bends (3 of 4)
verb bends, bending or bent
Derived forms of bendbendable, adjective
Word Origin for bend
British Dictionary definitions for bends (4 of 4)
Word Origin for bend
Medical definitions for bends (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for bends (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with bends
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.