from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Heraldry A band passing from the upper dexter corner of an escutcheon to the lower sinister corner.
  • noun Nautical A knot that joins a rope to a rope or another object.
  • intransitive verb To cause to assume a curved or angular shape.
  • intransitive verb To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.
  • intransitive verb To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose.
  • intransitive verb To misrepresent; distort.
  • intransitive verb To relax or make an exception to.
  • intransitive verb To cause to swerve from a straight line; deflect.
  • intransitive verb To render submissive; subdue.
  • intransitive verb To apply (the mind) closely.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To fasten.
  • intransitive verb To deviate from a straight line or position.
  • intransitive verb To assume a curved, crooked, or angular form or direction.
  • intransitive verb To incline the body; stoop.
  • intransitive verb To make a concession; yield.
  • intransitive verb To apply oneself closely; concentrate.
  • noun The act or fact of bending.
  • noun The state of being bent.
  • noun Something bent.
  • noun Nautical The thick planks in a ship's side; wales.
  • noun Decompression sickness. Used with the.
  • idiom (around the bend) Mentally deranged; crazy.
  • idiom (bend (one's) elbow) To drink alcoholic beverages.
  • idiom (bend out of shape) To annoy or anger.
  • idiom (bend/lean) To make an effort greater than is required.
  • idiom (bend (someone's) ear) To talk to at length, usually excessively.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Power; ability: as, that is above my bend.
  • noun A segmental plate or ring on which the movable carding-surfaces of a revolving flat cotton-carding machine run and are adjusted in their relation to the main cylinder or drum.
  • noun plural Same as caisson-disease.
  • noun A band; a bond; a fetter; in plural, bands; bonds; confinement.
  • noun A band or clamp of metal or other material used to strengthen or hold together a box or frame.
  • noun Nautical: That part of a rope which is fastened to another or to an anchor.
  • noun A knot by which a rope is fastened to another rope or to something else. The different sorts are distinguished as fisherman's bend, carrick-bend, etc. See cut under carrick-bend.
  • noun One of the small ropes used to confine the clinch of a cable.
  • noun plural The thick planks in a ship's side below the waterways or the gun-deck port-sills. More properly called wales.
  • noun [See etym.] The action of bending, or state of being bent or curved; incurvation; flexure: as, to give a bend to anything; to have a bend of the back.
  • noun An inclination of the body; a bow.
  • noun An inclination of the eye; a turn or glance of the eye.
  • noun Inclination of the mind; disposition; bent. Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend
  • noun A part that is bent; a curve or flexure; a crook; a turn in a road or river, etc.: as, the bend of a bow, or of a range of hills.
  • noun A curved or elbow-shaped pipe used to change direction, as in a drain.
  • noun A spring; a leap; a bound.
  • noun A “pull” of liquor.
  • noun In mining, indurated clay, or any indurated argillaceous substance.
  • To bring or strain into a state of tension by curvature, as a bow preparatory to launching an arrow.
  • Hence Figuratively, to brace up or bring into tension, like a strong bow: generally with up.
  • To curve or make crooked; deflect from a normal condition of straightness; flex: as, to bend a stick; to bend the arm.


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

[Middle English, from Old English bend, band, and from Old French bende, bande, band (of Germanic origin; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots).]

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

[Middle English benden, from Old English bendan; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots.]



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