from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The general direction in which something tends to move.
  • n. A general tendency or inclination. See Synonyms at tendency.
  • n. Current style; vogue: the latest trend in fashion.
  • intransitive v. To extend, incline, or veer in a specified direction: The prevailing wind trends east-northeast.
  • intransitive v. To show a general tendency; tend: "The gender gap was trending down” ( James J. Kilpatrick).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inclination in a particular direction
  • n. A tendency
  • n. A fad or fashion style
  • n. A line drawn on a graph that approximates the trend of a number of disparate points
  • n. clean wool
  • v. To have a particular direction; to run; to stretch; to tend
  • v. To cause to turn; to bend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inclination in a particular direction; tendency; general direction.
  • n. Clean wool.
  • intransitive v. To have a particular direction; to run; to stretch; to tend.
  • transitive v. To cause to turn; to bend.
  • transitive v. To cleanse, as wool.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn; revolve; roll.
  • To travel round or along a region, tract, etc., at its edge; skirt; coast.
  • To have a general course or direction; stretch or incline; run: as, the American coast trends southwest from Nova Scotia to Florida.
  • Figuratively, to have a general tendency or proclivity; incline; lean; turn. See trend, n., 2.
  • In geology and mining, same as strike, 5.
  • To cause to turn or roll.
  • To follow the course or direction of; coast along.
  • To cleanse, as wool. Also trent.
  • n. A general course or direction; inclination of the course of something toward a particular line or point.
  • n. A general tendency or proclivity; a final drift or bent; an ultimate inclination.
  • n. Nautical, the thickening of an anchor-shank as it approaches the arms.
  • n. A current or stream.
  • n. Clean or cleansed wool.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the popular taste at a given time
  • v. turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  • n. a general direction in which something tends to move
  • n. general line of orientation
  • n. a general tendency to change (as of opinion)


From Middle English trenden, to revolve, from Old English trendan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English trenden "to roll about, turn, revolve", from Old English trendan "to roll about, turn, revolve" from Proto-Germanic *trandijanan (“to revolve”). Akin to Old English trinde "ball", Old English tryndel "circle, ring". More at trindle, trundle. (Wiktionary)


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