Definitions

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

  • noun A general tendency or course of events: synonym: tendency.
  • noun Current style; vogue.
  • noun The general direction of something.
  • intransitive verb To show a general tendency; tend.
  • intransitive verb To extend, incline, or veer in a specified direction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Clean or cleansed wool.
  • 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.
  • noun A general course or direction; inclination of the course of something toward a particular line or point.
  • noun A general tendency or proclivity; a final drift or bent; an ultimate inclination.
  • noun Nautical, the thickening of an anchor-shank as it approaches the arms.
  • noun A current or stream.
  • To cleanse, as wool. Also trent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To cause to turn; to bend.
  • intransitive verb To have a particular direction; to run; to stretch; to tend.
  • transitive verb Prov. Eng. To cleanse, as wool.
  • noun Prov. Eng. Clean wool.
  • noun Inclination in a particular direction; tendency; general direction.
  • noun (Naut.) The angle made by the line of a vessel's keel and the direction of the anchor cable, when she is swinging at anchor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An inclination in a particular direction
  • noun A tendency
  • noun A fad or fashion style
  • noun mathematics A line drawn on a graph that approximates the trend of a number of disparate points
  • noun UK, dialect, dated clean wool
  • verb intransitive To have a particular direction; to run; to stretch; to tend
  • verb transitive To cause to turn; to bend.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English trenden, to revolve, from Old English trendan.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • US Mftg output versus trend: ____ Above trend___ ___ Below trend ___ Not just a dollar issue or Monthly direction Increasing Declining Increasing Declining of output: speculation

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  • Superimposed over this long term trend is short term variability.

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  • To conclude I say that the trend is actually reversed and the projections in the studies are wrong.

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  • Perhaps the starkest illustration of this trend is the unwillingness of Congress and the courts to allow servicewomen who are sexually assaulted to sue their employers in federal court under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Despite ongoing calls for reform, commanders still retain full disciplinary discretion in such cases, effectively treating punishment for assault as a personnel decision instead of a legal matter.

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  • The long-run trend is for Asian incomes to grow much faster than American incomes and this trend has been accelerating in recent years - causing the Asian savings pool to grow much faster than even American consumers desire to borrow - which has put downward pressure on interest rates.

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  • To conclude I say that the trend is actually reversed and the projections in the studies are wrong.

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  • Perhaps the starkest illustration of this trend is the unwillingness of Congress and the courts to allow servicewomen who are sexually assaulted to sue their employers in federal court under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Despite ongoing calls for reform, commanders still retain full disciplinary discretion in such cases, effectively treating punishment for assault as a personnel decision instead of a legal matter.

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  • Perhaps the starkest illustration of this trend is the unwillingness of Congress and the courts to allow servicewomen who are sexually assaulted to sue their employers in federal court under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Despite ongoing calls for reform, commanders still retain full disciplinary discretion in such cases, effectively treating punishment for assault as a personnel decision instead of a legal matter.

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  • It made the financial crisis much worse, and the trend is accelerating.

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  • Perhaps the starkest illustration of this trend is the unwillingness of Congress and the courts to allow servicewomen who are sexually assaulted to sue their employers in federal court under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Despite ongoing calls for reform, commanders still retain full disciplinary discretion in such cases, effectively treating punishment for assault as a personnel decision instead of a legal matter.

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  • "And two incidents are considered a trend in Internet journalism." -- from BudgetTravel's This Just In blog.

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