[ bend ]
/ bɛnd /
verb (used with object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.
to force (an object, especially a long or thin one) from a straight form into a curved or angular one, or from a curved or angular form into some different form: to bend an iron rod into a hoop.
to direct or turn in a particular direction: to bend one's energies to the task.
to cause to submit or yield: to bend someone to one's will.
to modify or relax (restrictions, regulations, etc.) temporarily or in certain circumstances: to bend the rules.
to incline mentally (usually followed by to or toward): bending his thoughts back toward his childhood.
to pull back the string of (a bow or the like) in preparation for shooting.
Nautical. to fasten.
Archaic. to strain or brace tensely (often followed by up).
verb (used without object), bent or (Archaic) bend·ed; bend·ing.
to become curved, crooked, or bent: a bow that bends easily.
to assume a bent posture; stoop (often followed by over): to bend as one walks; to bend over and pick up something.
to turn or incline in a particular direction; be directed: The road bent toward the south.
to yield or submit; give in.
to bow in submission or reverence: bending to one's monarch.
to direct one's energies: We bent to our work as the bell sounded.
the act of bending.
something that bends; curve; crook: a bend in the road; a bend in the curtain rod.
Nautical. any of various loops or knots for joining the ends of two ropes or the like, or for joining the end of a rope or the like to some other object.
- thick planking immediately below the waterways of a wooden vessel.
- the wales of a vessel.
the bends, aeroembolism(def 2).
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 bend1
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
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 round the bend (1 of 2)
/ (bɛnd) /
verb bends, bending or bent
to form or cause to form a curve, as by pushing or pulling
to turn or cause to turn from a particular directionthe road bends left past the church
(intr; often foll by down , etc) to incline the body; stoop; bow
to submit or cause to submitto bend before superior force
(tr) to turn or direct (one's eyes, steps, attention, etc)
(tr) to concentrate (the mind); apply oneself closely
(tr) nautical to attach or fasten, as a sail to a boom or a line to a cleat
bend over backwards informal to make a special effort, esp in order to pleasehe bends over backwards to accommodate his customers
bend someone's ear informal to speak at length to an unwilling listener, esp to voice one's troubles
bend the rules informal to ignore rules or change them to suit one's own convenience
a curved part, as in a road or river
nautical a knot or eye in a line for joining it to another or to an object
the act or state of bending
round the bend British slang mad; crazy; eccentric
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 round the bend (2 of 2)
/ (bɛnd) /
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 round the bend
[ bĕnd ]
To incline the body; stoop.
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Idioms and Phrases with round the bend (1 of 2)
round the bend
see around the bend, def. 2.
Idioms and Phrases with round the bend (2 of 2)
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.
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