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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

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.
Andrew Jackson

All flowers in time bend towards the sun, I know you say there's no one for you, But here is one.
Jeff Buckley

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

In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic.
Gerry Adams

I don't excercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.
Joan Rivers
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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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