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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

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

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

The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it's going to go and where you'll wind up. Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track. Don't let anyone deter you from that.
Eartha Kitt

If I can tell someone a story that makes them bend over and laugh, that's bigger than anything else.
Bernie Mac

I come here to speak poetry. It will always be in the grass. It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it. It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies.
Boris Pasternak
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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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