from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.


From bend +‎ -wise. (Wiktionary)


  • This distinction between charges bendwise (or bendways) and charges in bend should be carefully noted.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • 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.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • _ 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.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • _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.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry


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