Associations to the word «Bend»


BEND, verb. (transitive) To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) To become curved.
BEND, verb. (transitive) To cause to change direction.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) To change direction.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) To be inclined; to direct itself.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) (usually with "down") To stoop.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
BEND, verb. (transitive) To force to submit.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) To submit.
BEND, verb. (transitive) To apply to a task or purpose.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
BEND, verb. (transitive) To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
BEND, verb. (transitive) (nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
BEND, verb. (transitive) (music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
BEND, verb. (intransitive) (nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
BEND, noun. A curve.
BEND, noun. Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
BEND, noun. (in the plural) (medicine) (diving) (with the) A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
BEND, noun. (heraldiccharge) One of the honourable ordinaries formed by two diagonal lines drawn from the dexter chief to the sinister base; it generally occupies a fifth part of the shield if uncharged, but if charged one third.
BEND, noun. (obsolete) Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.
BEND, noun. In the leather trade, the best quality of sole leather; a butt.
BEND, noun. (mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
BEND, noun. (nautical) (in the plural) The thickest and strongest planks in a ship's sides, more generally called wales, which have the beams, knees, and futtocks bolted to them.
BEND, noun. (nautical) (in the plural) The frames or ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of the sides.
BEND DOWN, verb. To bend one's legs while upright to get to a lower position.
BEND ONE'S ELBOW, verb. (idiomatic) To drink alcoholic beverages, especially at a public house or bar.
BEND OVER, verb. To bend one's upper body forward and down while standing or kneeling.
BEND OVER BACKWARDS, verb. Used other than as an idiom: see bend over,‎ backwards.
BEND OVER BACKWARDS, verb. (idiomatic) To make a great effort; to take extraordinary care; to go to great lengths.
BEND SINISTER, noun. (heraldiccharge) A diagonal band on a coat of arms going from top right to bottom left (as you look at it), held to indicate bastardy.
BEND SOMEONE'S EAR, verb. (idiomatic) To bore; to talk too long, especially to one particular person.
BEND THE RULES, verb. (idiomatic) (US) To do something that is not normally allowed but is also not explicitly prohibited.
BEND THE TRUTH, verb. (idiomatic) To change or leave out certain facts of a story or situation, generally in order to elicit a specific response in the audience.

Dictionary definition

BEND, noun. A circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path".
BEND, noun. Movement that causes the formation of a curve.
BEND, noun. Curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.).
BEND, noun. An angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow".
BEND, noun. A town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range.
BEND, noun. Diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left.
BEND, verb. Form a curve; "The stick does not bend".
BEND, verb. Change direction; "The road bends".
BEND, verb. Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar".
BEND, verb. Bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse".
BEND, verb. Turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest.
BEND, verb. Bend a joint; "flex your wrists"; "bend your knees".

Wise words

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do, as well as talk, and to make our words and actions all of a color.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca