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Definition of Bend


  1. To strain or move out of a straight line; to crook by straining; to make crooked; to curve; to make ready for use by drawing into a curve; as, to bend a bow; to bend the knee.
  2. To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.
  3. To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
  4. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
  5. To fasten, as one rope to another, or as a sail to its yard or stay; or as a cable to the ring of an anchor.
  6. To be moved or strained out of a straight line; to crook or be curving; to bow.
  7. To jut over; to overhang.
  8. To be inclined; to be directed.
  9. To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
  10. A turn or deflection from a straight line or from the proper direction or normal position; a curve; a crook; as, a slight bend of the body; a bend in a road.
  11. Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.
  12. A knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to an anchor, spar, or post.
  13. The best quality of sole leather; a butt. See Butt.
  14. Hard, indurated clay; bind.
  15. same as caisson disease. Usually referred to as the bends.
  16. A band.
  17. One of the honorable ordinaries, containing a third or a fifth part of the field. It crosses the field diagonally from the dexter chief to the sinister base.

Bend Quotations

In any story, the villain is the catalyst. The hero's not a person who will bend the rules or show the cracks in his armor. He's one-dimensional intentionally, but the villain is the person who owns up to what he is and stands by it.
Marilyn Manson

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Robert Kennedy

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
Helen Keller

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve

Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.
Lewis Thomas
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Bend Translations

bend in Afrikaans is buig
bend in Dutch is ombuigen, buigen, doorbuigen
bend in Finnish is kallistaa, taivuttaa
bend in French is pencher, courbons, ployer, cambrons, courbez
bend in Italian is piegare, piegare, virata, curvatura
bend in Latin is arcus
bend in Portuguese is curvatura
bend in Spanish is curva, curvatura, doblegar, encorvadura, inclinar
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