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1 a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path" [syn: crook, turn]
2 movement that causes the formation of a curve [syn: bending]
3 curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) [syn: curve]
4 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" [syn: fold, crease, plication, flexure, crimp]
5 a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
6 diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left [syn: bend dexter]


1 form a curve; "The stick does not bend" [syn: flex] [ant: straighten]
2 change direction; "The road bends"
3 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" [syn: flex, deform, twist, turn] [ant: unbend]
4 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" [syn: crouch, stoop, bow]
5 turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest [syn: deflect, turn away]
6 bend a joint; "flex your wrists"; "bend your knees" [syn: flex] [also: bent]

User Contributed Dictionary



From benden < bendan to bind or bend (a bow).


  • /bɛnd/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛnd


  1. To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
    • If you bend the pipe too far, it will break.
    • Don’t bend your knees.
  2. In the context of "transitive|nautical": To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
    • Bend the sail to the yard.
  3. In the context of "transitive|music": To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
    • You should bend the G sligthly sharp in the next measure.
  4. In the context of "intransitive|nautical": To swing the body when rowing.
  5. To become curved.
    • Look at the trees bending in the wind.
    • To bow properly, bend at the waist.
  6. To change direction.
    • The road bends to the right


to shape into a curve
  • Czech: ohnout
  • Dutch: buigen, plooien
  • Finnish: taivuttaa
  • German: beugen
  • Hebrew: לכופף (le'khofef)
  • Hungarian: hajlít, görbít
  • Italian: curvare, piegare
  • Kurdish:
  • Slovene: upogniti
  • Spanish: doblar, curvar
to tie a line
  • Dutch: knopen, bevestigen, vastmaken
  • Finnish: sitoa, kiinnittää
  • Italian: ammanigliare
to change the pitch
  • Dutch: buigen, corrigeren
to swing the body when rowing
  • Dutch: buigen
to become curved
  • Dutch: buigen, plooien
  • Finnish: taipua
  • Hebrew: להתכופף (le'hitkofef)
  • Slovene: upogniti se
  • Spanish: doblarse
to change direction
  • Dutch: afbuigen, buigen, draaien, gaan
  • Finnish: kääntyä
  • Italian: piegarsi, curvarsi


  1. A curve.
    • There's a sharp bend in the road ahead.
  2. Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
  3. In the context of "in plural|medicine|diving": (the bends) A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
    • A diver who stays deep for too long must ascend very slowly in order to prevent the bends.
  4. 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.

Related terms


  • Dutch: bocht
  • Finnish: mutka
  • German: Kurve
  • Portuguese: curva
  • Slovene: zavoj
  • Dutch: verbindingsknoop
  • Finnish: kytky
decompression sickness
  • Finnish: sukeltajantauti
heraldic term
  • Finnish: palkki
  • Portuguese: banda


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Extensive Definition

Bend may refer to:
bend in German: Bend
bend in Japanese: ベンド
bend in Portuguese: Bend
bend in Volapük: Bend

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