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- adv. diagonally; placed like a bend i.e. running from the dexter chief to the sinister base
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Diagonally.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, lying in the direction of the bend: said of any bearing: as, a sword bendwise.
This distinction between charges bendwise (or bendways) and charges in bend should be carefully noted.
Charges set diagonally on the field of a Shield, in the position in which a bend would occupy, are said to be “_in bend_” and are arranged in the same manner: but it would be quite possible to have three or more charges each disposed bendwise; but yet, nevertheless, when taken together occupying the position of a fesse and therefore described also as in fesse.
_ If a field be divided by lines drawn bendwise, and also by others drawn either vertically or horizontally, it is “_paly bendy_,” as No. 118, or “_barry bendy_,” as No. 119.
_even_ number of parts by lines drawn _bendwise_, is “_bendy_,” the number of the divisions to be specified: as a matter of course, a field thus “bendy” becomes a “varied field,” in which all the divisions lie in the same plane: thus, No. 116, for DE MONTFORD (H. 3 and E. 2) -- _Bendy of ten or and az.