Hypertext Webster Gateway: "bend"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bend \Bend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bended} or {Bent}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Bending}.] [AS. bendan to bend, fr. bend a band,
bond, fr. bindan to bind. See {Bind}, v. t., and cf. 3d & 4th
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.
``Bend thine ear to supplication.'' --Milton.

Towards Coventry bend we our course. --Shak.

Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent. --Sir W.

3. To apply closely or with interest; to direct.

To bend his mind to any public business. --Temple.

But when to mischief mortals bend their will.

4. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
``Except she bend her humor.'' --Shak.

5. (Naut.) 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.

{To bend the brow}, to knit the brow, as in deep thought or
in anger; to scowl; to frown. --Camden.

Syn: To lean; stoop; deflect; bow; yield.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bend \Bend\, n. [See {Bend}, v. t., and cf. {Bent}, n.]
1. 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.

2. Turn; purpose; inclination; ends. [Obs.]

Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend.

3. (Naut.) A knot by which one rope is fastened to another or
to an anchor, spar, or post. --Totten.

4. (Leather Trade) The best quality of sole leather; a butt.
See {Butt}.

5. (Mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.

6. pl. (Med.) same as {caisson disease}. Usually referred to
as {the bends}.

{Bends of a ship}, the thickest and strongest planks in her
sides, more generally called wales. They have the beams,
knees, and foothooks bolted to them. Also, the frames or
ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of
the sides; as, the midship bend.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bend \Bend\, n. [AS. bend. See {Band}, and cf. the preceding
1. A band. [Obs.] --Spenser.

2. [OF. bende, bande, F. bande. See {Band}.] (Her.) 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 sinister} (Her.), an honorable ordinary drawn from the
sinister chief to the dexter base.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Bend \Bend\, v. i.
1. To be moved or strained out of a straight line; to crook
or be curving; to bow.

The green earth's end Where the bowed welkin slow
doth bend. --Milton.

2. To jut over; to overhang.

There is a cliff, whose high and bending head Looks
fearfully in the confined deep. --Shak.

3. To be inclined; to be directed.

To whom our vows and wished bend. --Milton.

4. To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.

While each to his great Father bends. --Coleridge.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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 shape made by folding [syn: {fold}, {crease}, {plication},
{flexure}, {crimp}]
5: a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade
Range [syn: {Bend}]
6: diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right
corner to the lower left [syn: {bend dexter}]
v 1: form a curve; "The stick does not bent"; "Bend your knees"
[syn: {flex}] [ant: {straighten}]
2: change direction; "The road bends"
3: cause 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: {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},
5: turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of
interest [syn: {deflect}, {turn away}]

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