Main definitions of bend in English

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verb

  • 1[with object] Shape or force (something straight) into a curve or angle.

    ‘the rising wind bent the long grass’
    • ‘Today's accelerators use quadrupole magnets to bend the flight paths of relativistic electrons towards a converging point.’
    • ‘Rather than initially bending the bow piece to its final semicircular shape, it is bent initially to a shape that is the long half of an ellipse.’
    • ‘The sheet is enlivened, as a field is when the wind bends grass all in one direction.’
    • ‘Encourage the stem that will form the new plant to grow straight by gently bending it into an upright position and attaching it to a cane.’
    • ‘I used some of my tools to cut the metal up into the right shapes, bent it around the frame of the fighter, and used a welding laser to melt it together.’
    • ‘The force of the winds bent their wings, sending them crashing to the ground below.’
    • ‘The spoon had been bent into such a shape that would provide louder clanging, and the pot was misshapen, being dented in many places.’
    • ‘The two ends are bent into a U shape with one end being South and the other North.’
    • ‘The results from the Africa expedition provided the first confirmation of Einstein's theory that gravity will bend the path of light when it passes near a massive star.’
    • ‘When he arrived, he found Lona using a plasma smelter on the alorium plate, bending it into new shapes for reinforcing her armor.’
    • ‘This material is light, wears well and springs back to shape after being bent.’
    • ‘Being the genius that I am, I decided that I would try and bend them back into shape, only to snap the arm completely off.’
    • ‘I then slip his glasses off before he bends them out of shape like he has before.’
    • ‘A New Caledonian crow in captivity learned how to bend a piece of straight wire into a hook to probe for food.’
    • ‘I spent nearly an hour trying to true it using the pads in the caliper as a guide and my fingers to bend it back into shape.’
    • ‘This model, which was eight months in the design and making, is made from a single piece of steel that is bent to make the shape of the chair.’
    • ‘Fiberglass is relatively brittle but can be bent around large-diameter curves.’
    • ‘By contrast, steaming and bending the same straight grained piece of wood to the desired shape will result in a much stronger part.’
    • ‘Shapes were created by bending the hammered bars around angles on the anvil.’
    • ‘His legs were crossed in gentleman's fashion and he continually crinkled the paper, bending it in all shapes possible.’
    curve, crook, make crooked, make curved, flex, angle, hook, bow, arc, arch, buckle, warp, contort, distort, deform
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    1. 1.1[no object] (of something straight) be shaped or forced into a curve or angle.
      ‘the oar bent as Lance heaved angrily at it’
      • ‘Do not use the needle if the tip is bent, curved or you can see spurs.’
      • ‘Post-cyclonic palm trees on either side of the motorway were bent like hunchbacks.’
      • ‘Even the palm trees bend at a picture-postcard angle.’
      • ‘Make sure they are not bent or out of shape, as this will certainly cause reliability and functioning problems.’
      • ‘They, in turn, caused the trees to bend over the river and form a bridge to a land of peace and safety.’
      • ‘It's raining now; I see the leaves on the vines that cover the window bending in the wind.’
      • ‘Now was time to use my new toy, the strip heater, since I needed a nice straight line bent at a sharp angle.’
      • ‘Quinn had nice writing, it all flowed down almost like cuts yet it managed to curve and bend to create a graffiti style image.’
      • ‘The trees on both sides of the highway are bent and fallen, all pointing straight east as if in accusation.’
      • ‘It is shaped like a Greek cross with its arms bent at right angles.’
      • ‘A hull plate that has bent into a large curve marks the halfway-back point on the starboard side of the wreck.’
      • ‘There's nothing better than a wicked summer storm, when it gets night-time dark at 1 in the afternoon and the trees bend in the wind.’
      • ‘Weights were then progressively added to the weighing boat which caused the petiole to bend, curving upwards.’
      • ‘The empty air in front of Daney shimmered slightly and seemed to bend, curve, to allow a human form to take shape.’
      • ‘And if light paths are not straight but bent, then space is not flat but curved.’
      • ‘A gun is a black object made of plastic and bent at a right angle.’
      • ‘Right children now I want you to pretend you're a tree bending in the wind.’
      • ‘One of his gossamer wings had been snapped off and the other was bent at a sharp angle, the many broken nerves causing it to twitch feebly.’
      • ‘The trees bent and curved up around them on both sides, forming a natural cathedral.’
      • ‘Huge cracks blemished the skis, the bindings were grotesquely twisted, and the poles bent at right angles.’
    2. 1.2[no object] (of a road, river, or path) deviate from a straight line in a specified direction; have a sharply curved course.
      ‘the road bent left and then right’
      ‘the river slowly bends around Davenport’
      • ‘The path joins a clear track after a while, which you follow for a short distance then where this track bends away to the left continue straight on alongside the perimeter fence.’
      • ‘I have to turn the steering wheel fast as we are moving so quickly I cant make out how the road will bend next.’
      • ‘But then the path would bend, and there it would be again, closer.’
      • ‘The road bends sharply to the left and crosses a bridge.’
      • ‘Soon the track bends to the right as you pass open moorland.’
      • ‘If my memory is accurate, we will follow this river as it bends around a corner, and continue along it until it leads to the high meadow where we established our Base Camp.’
      • ‘There is where the road bends upward and where some domestic goats once got loose and established a wild herd on a rocky ledge.’
      • ‘Thousands of roads twisted, bent, paralleled, and crossed for miles.’
      • ‘The track bends round to a junction with a yellow waymarker on the left.’
      • ‘Follow this road heading out of the village, over a bridge across the Leeds and Liverpool Canal then follow the road bending round to the right.’
      • ‘The road bends as it crosses the bridge, and residents say a high hedge makes visibility particularly poor.’
      • ‘At the covered shelter, which gives the impression that the forest floor is growing above your head, the path bends to the left.’
      • ‘Follow the road as it bends round to the right then where the road bends to the left take the footpath straight on.’
      • ‘This time, though, we walked in the other direction, and sat on a bench where the river bends dramatically, before finding its way to the Lock.’
      • ‘At the end of the straight section, the road bends to the right and appears to go down slightly.’
      • ‘Another descent path is reached on the left which bends down to the old road.’
      • ‘Taking the back road to the golf club, you can imagine him sweeping round that bend into the tiny road.’
      • ‘Every scene looks as though it is a beautiful painting of a clean and fresh outdoor scene - the river bends at just the right spot, the sun glints off of the water at just the right angle.’
      • ‘The river bends inwards away from here, and they could have lit a fire and camped with their tents against the cliffs for protection against the winds.’
      • ‘The track bends sharp left over a stream and at this point leave it via the stile facing you on the far side of the bend.’
      turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, swerve, deviate, diverge, fork, change course
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  • 2[no object] (of a person) incline the body downward from the vertical.

    ‘he bent down and picked her up’
    ‘I bent over my plate’
    [with infinitive] ‘he bent to tie his shoelaces’
    • ‘Evelyn bent down in front of him and sighed, ‘You really should know when to stop.’’
    • ‘Jenny bent down to grind out her cigarette stub in the lank grass and then tossed it with a stone-skipping twist of her white wrist into the tangled shrubbery.’
    • ‘And then, before I knew it, he had bent down and softly kissed my lips.’
    • ‘Emily bent down and slid the piece of paper under the door.’
    • ‘Not letting her daughter say another word, the Queen bent down over the little girl and gracefully yet sternly took the stone from her hands.’
    • ‘Dave bent down and pushed aside a few scattered newspapers, plucking out a pile of maps that were still on the fallen display case.’
    • ‘Anna bent down and picked him up tucking him under her left arm.’
    • ‘When he came to, he was lying partially undressed on a bed while the staff member bent over him.’
    • ‘Her parents bent down and kissed her goodnight then did the same to their other five daughters.’
    • ‘Heaving a sigh, Josh bent over her still laughing body and kissed her on the forehead.’
    • ‘With a laugh and a burst of affection, Brian bent down to kiss her.’
    • ‘Jessie bent down a bit to look at what appeared to be flowers.’
    • ‘Sara bent over her friend, her face twisted by grief and rage.’
    • ‘Billy bent over and threw the whiskey to the men in the canoes.’
    • ‘Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple of her forehead.’
    • ‘Scott bent down over the bed and kissed his grandfather's forehead.’
    • ‘She had bent down to help a little black boy tie his shoes.’
    • ‘As we watched, the young man bent down and introduced himself.’
    • ‘Roger bent down next to a young blonde girl's body and checked her pulse.’
    • ‘Michael bent down, kissed Alice on the cheek, turned to Alex and gave her a peck on the cheek.’
    stoop, bow, crouch, squat, kneel, hunch
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    1. 2.1[with object] Move (a jointed part of the body) to an angled position.
      ‘extend your left leg and bend your right’
      ‘Irene bent her head over her work’
      • ‘Remember to keep your abs tight, hold your low back in a slight arch and bend your body from the hips.’
      • ‘I placed my hands on my hips and started bending my knees, moving down.’
      • ‘He gave a shuddering sigh, and bent his body into a fetal position.’
      • ‘Exasperated, Ted bent his upper body onto the table so that he was at eye level with Jacob.’
      • ‘Keep the shoulders in a steady, stable position and don't allow them to move as you bend your elbows.’
      • ‘Bounce on both legs, straighten your knees, twist and bend your upper body forward, and pull straight down with both hands.’
      • ‘Stand up straight, bend your left knee, and lean forward until you can touch the floor with both hands.’
      • ‘He just stood there for a while, and then bent his massive body over to get the bill when he thought no one was looking.’
      • ‘I didn't exactly sit up, but more bent my body in half and slumped against the wall.’
      • ‘I am unable to sit, hold anything firmly or bend my hands and legs, body.’
      • ‘It's that love that keeps the dancer working to bend the body toward perfection and at the same time recognizing the impossibility of achieving it.’
      • ‘Standing with your back against a wall, feet stance-width apart and a foot from the wall, lower yourself toward a sitting position by bending your knees.’
      • ‘Reinforce the action by bending the upper body forward with your left arm.’
      • ‘I took my position once again, bending my knees low, bringing my arms up, keeping my hands steady, and shot the ball.’
      • ‘She positioned her hand and bent her wrist slightly, aiming her fingers down.’
      • ‘She bent her body and laid herself on her side above Archie's paper.’
      • ‘Pressing your weight through that foot to lift your body, bend your left leg and bring it forward next to your right leg.’
      • ‘With your upper arms locked in position, bend your elbows to bring the bar toward your forehead.’
      • ‘I tried to appear more casual and passive, shifting my body weight to one leg and bending my opposite leg at the knee a bit.’
      • ‘He bent his body, so he could put his hands into the water.’
  • 3Force or be forced to submit.

    [with object] ‘they want to bend me to their will’
    [no object] ‘a refusal to bend to mob rule’
    • ‘Beneath the rhetoric is the obvious: they simply want the American university to bend to their agenda.’
    • ‘The band are waiting to see if their original indie label will bend to their wishes and release the single next year.’
    • ‘Would they bend to her willful forces and persuasion?’
    • ‘I also wouldn't kidnap her against her will and force her to bend to my will.’
    • ‘What is to stop him from forcing us all to bend to his might?’
    • ‘In social circles, we joke about being Aesthetes of Style, but realize that we have to bend to client's wishes to survive in the marketplace.’
    • ‘He isn't happy about being forced to bend to my will, but he seems to enjoy the juice anyway.’
    • ‘The Chancellor promised to listen but, crucially, not to bend to such protests.’
    • ‘You think that since you have money and power you can force others to bend to your will.’
    • ‘He can force ministers and virtually anyone to bend to his will, and if they are recalcitrant he could call their bluff and take the case to the people.’
    • ‘Her beauty, intelligence, and talent made her well-respected in her tribe, and made her father likely to bend to her will.’
    • ‘If anything, his critics claim he has been far too willing to bend to the will of Westminster.’
    • ‘And by tradition, the chief may often be compelled to bend to such wishes.’
    • ‘An effective law reflects the will of the society; society does not, outside of a police state, easily bend to the will of the law.’
    • ‘The company has refused to bend to their pay demands stressing the ‘fair’ offer they believe they have made.’
    • ‘Roxanne tells him that he is now her servant, and must bend to her will.’
    • ‘Each of the smaller stories is as interesting as the main story, especially the one focused on Erik and his refusal to bend to the will of the Danish overseers.’
    • ‘If he was not prepared to bend to his wife's wishes on this, will he acquiesce to any pleas for extra cash in the future?’
    • ‘The moral, social, political, and legal order must bend to the individual definition of truth, no matter how willful or arbitrary.’
    • ‘It may make the people outside who organized the boycotts very happy because they made a few corporations bend to their wills and therefore show that they have power and influence.’
    mould, shape, manipulate, direct, force, press, influence, incline, sway, bias, warp, impress, compel, persuade
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    1. 3.1[with object] Interpret or modify (a rule) to suit oneself or somebody else.
      ‘we cannot bend the rules, even for Darren’
      • ‘One corporate detective says most of the big firms stay well within the law but there are a host of smaller one-man bands who will bend the rules.’
      • ‘In this epoch of lawlessness, all warring nations have bent the law to suit their interests sometime or another.’
      • ‘You bent the rules, even if you didn't actually break them.’
      • ‘Playing the game fairly means not bending the rules because you feel sorry for someone or cheating because you think your opponent doesn't deserve to win.’
      • ‘Some 60 per cent agreed bending the rules is ‘part of the fun of playing games’.’
      • ‘If rules are set then follow them, places that have designated smoking areas are already one step closer to a complete ban and by bending the rules you are not helping yourself or fellow smokers.’
      • ‘They're under the impression that throwing more money at the problem, and trying to bend the laws to suit their needs, will keep them afloat.’
      • ‘These people… In their desire to get a majority, the rules are bent, the laws broken, institutions are destroyed.’
      • ‘So to accommodate the applicant he bends the rules.’
      • ‘In every walk of life, on the roads, in restaurants, in tax avoidance, rules and regulations are routinely bent.’
      • ‘We were caught by matron but she bent the rules a lot over Christmas and turned a blind eye.’
      • ‘But he told the congregation, which included the Lord Chancellor, that it did not mean bending the rule of law.’
      • ‘He hasn't just bent the rules in his stupidity but gloated as to the outcome which goes against all common principles of acceptable sportsmanship.’
      • ‘We all bend the rules sometimes at work, which is what I've done.’
      • ‘Indeed, the tabloid press last week bent the rules still further.’
      • ‘Crimes such as taking something from the office or asking a friend to bend the rules might involve only minor damage, but set up a vicious cycle.’
      • ‘He feels safe doing so because he knows that while he might have bent some rules, he never broke them.’
      • ‘That makes bending the rules attractive to many farmers, who are expected to wear most of the costs of conservation on their own.’
      • ‘In his eyes, he did not fail; he was conspired against and was therefore entitled to compensate for his disadvantage by bending the rules.’
      • ‘But though the evidence now is all but conclusive, one cannot help but wonder whether the pressure to obtain a conviction caused an officer of the law to bend the rules that many years ago.’
  • 4[with object] Direct or devote (one's attention or energies) to a task.

    ‘Eric bent all his efforts to persuading them to donate some blankets’
    [no object] ‘she bent once more to the task of diverting the wedding guests’
    • ‘Having succeeded so far the witness bent his attention to the office, when he found that a chest of drawers had been pillaged, and part of the contents packed up in a bundle that lay under the window looking into the street.’
    • ‘Again Alex berated herself for wool gathering, and bent back to the task at hand.’
    • ‘She was far more interested in the spiritual welfare of her children than in any material gain, and she bent her efforts to that end.’
    • ‘The men’s backs are turned to the wave, and bent to the task of rowing.’
    • ‘He bent his thoughts to see if he could pick up on Chanet's thoughts.’
    • ‘They are ready to bend their skills and energy to every table, every serving; you will be waited on as you have never been waited on before.’
    • ‘Then shaking his shoulders he bent his attention to the old man in the shadow of the chair.’
    • ‘Now they are bent to the task of creating the first Nigerian pages on the university's Web server.’
    • ‘Seeing that there would be no reasoning with the princess for the rest of the day, he bent his mind to the task of keeping power flowing into Mara.’
    • ‘With characteristic energy he bent his efforts to the immediate development and improvement of the land, which he converted into a fine farm that he cultivated throughout his remaining days.’
    • ‘Instead, he bent all his efforts toward becoming a fighting soldier, and succeeded.’
    • ‘Shrugging, he found more food then bent to the task of bailing out the boat, groaning as he began.’
    • ‘When his choice was made he bent his attention to the table.’
    • ‘Simple experiments prove, however, that when those energies are bent to the wrong ends, there is severe backlash.’
    • ‘All energies will now be bent to the task of reintegration and reconciliation.’
    • ‘For several years he bent his efforts to the building of a railroad through the County.’
    • ‘With a mental shrug he bent his thoughts to the serious changes lying ahead.’
    • ‘For these reasons, he bent his efforts to implement a plan to transform music into a well-loved and respected art.’
    • ‘James being freed by the peace from all other cares, bent his attention to the conclusion of a matrimonial alliance, which he had during the last year been attempting.’
    • ‘He now bent all his efforts to carry into execution a project designed for the sons of the wealthy planters of Louisiana, with whom he was an unbounded favourite.’
    direct, point, aim, turn, train, steer, set
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  • 5Nautical
    [with object] Attach (a sail or rope) by means of a knot.

    ‘sailors were bending sails to the spars’
    • ‘The main mast top mast was bent to the deck with cordage and sail draping across to starboard.’
    • ‘That evening we selected a vessel, whose size just seemed fitted for our enterprise; we bent the sails and put the rigging in order.’
    • ‘Saturday, Dave and I finished rigging the boat, raised the mast and bent the sails on.’
    • ‘With this view we got on board the observatories, the Instruments and bent the sails.’
    • ‘At daylight the next morning some of the men bent the sails and rove the rigging of the privateer, while the others were cutting a good load of wood to ballast her.’

noun

  • 1A curve, especially a sharp one, in a road, river, racecourse, or path.

    • ‘As he rounded a bend on a winding road, three slabs fell off.’
    • ‘As they rounded the bend on the road near the tennis court at Brookhill a man known to both of them appeared suddenly in the headlights only a few feet away.’
    • ‘Rounding a bend in the road, she pulled up sharply to park, and stepped out, walking quickly towards the pharmacy.’
    • ‘We rounded the bend of the road that would put us in view of the forest, and within in our line of sight was smoke.’
    • ‘They chatted until they rounded a bend in the road and both of them fell silent.’
    • ‘As she rounded the bend in the path, she saw a man standing in the middle of the clearing.’
    • ‘So we finished our trip having traversed the distance along the mountain side, by rail or road, the river echoing the bends and curves with a constant murmur that kept us company.’
    • ‘My father did not turn again as the car drove quickly off up the hill and disappeared round a bend in the road.’
    • ‘As she rounds a bend in the path, she stops suddenly, taken aback by the view of a cascade of clear, blue water tumbling from atop a small cliff.’
    • ‘One day we came round a bend in the river and saw a big boat with a strange flag.’
    • ‘We rounded a bend in the road and saw our first big trees: cinnamon columns behind a scrim of falling snow.’
    • ‘About half-way back to Boston I slowed down even further to go round a blind bend in the road, to come upon a police car and a mobile speed camera.’
    • ‘We rounded the bend in the road right before our neighborhood.’
    • ‘They rounded a bend in the path and could now see a river up ahead.’
    • ‘I wasn't going too fast but probably faster than conditions warrant, for you never really know what's round the next bend in the road.’
    • ‘A key feature of the work will involve putting actual bends back into the river, which many years ago was previously straightened.’
    • ‘She rounded the bend into the quiet road where the hotel was.’
    • ‘I rounded a bend in the road later, and nearly fell over myself when I saw who waited for me, sitting primly on a rock on the roadside.’
    • ‘Leaping over a fallen branch, Kina flew past the large river and rounded a bend in the trail.’
    • ‘He lifted his arm in a farewell as he rounded the bend in the road.’
    curve, turn, corner, kink, angle, arc, crescent, twist, crook, deviation, deflection, loop
    dog-leg, oxbow, zigzag
    hairpin bend, hairpin turn, hairpin
    incurvation
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  • 2A curved or angled part or form of something.

    ‘making a bend in the wire’
    • ‘Hold the fold and squeeze it for a few seconds to make a bend in the neck.’
    • ‘Just look at the bend in the rod.’
    • ‘Furthermore, although the line is a circle, there are bends in either direction throughout its course so the underlying assumption is clearly wrong.’
    • ‘To install the first hoop make a bend in a piece of wire about a 1/4" from the end.’
    • ‘Where there are bends in the ductwork an explosion vent of the appropriate size should be positioned on the bend.’
    • ‘There's a bend in the right frame rail near the front, and the lunette is a bit bent.’
    • ‘First hold both ends of the wire together and make a bend in the middle.’
    • ‘Wire mesh lends itself to gentle curves and sharp bends, so you can use it to construct fences in any configuration you like.’
    • ‘Sometimes there's a bend in the tape at the end, and there may even be a crease.’
    • ‘When there are many bends in the air path, ventilation resistance will increase.’
    • ‘Trusting to instinct she held the bar steady and peered ahead, not daring to look at the bend in the wing as it took the added strain.’
    • ‘There are bends in some polymers and some are interacting with each other.’
    • ‘He made a bend in a steel rod by heating it and fixed it to make short strokes.’
    • ‘All that is left to do is make a bend in the wire, slightly below the tubing to make a lever for attaching a spring or switch machine.’
    • ‘It's completely ruined now, there's a bend in it that won't come out.’
    • ‘The chimney has to be opened at frequent intervals to insert the liners, essential if there are bends in the flue.’
    • ‘Danny wanted to get a double header and kept his bait in the water, but then turned and saw the bend in the rod and quickly picked up his bait and climbed to the helm.’
    • ‘We saw the bend in the rod and Chris commented that this was a much heavier fish.’
    • ‘This is really the best way of cleaning the tube as sometimes there's a bend in the tube, thus it cannot. be cleaned out using a wire.’
    • ‘In the 70°C samples, semicircles and sinusoidal bends are observed.’
  • 3A kind of knot used to join two ropes, or to tie a rope to another object, e.g. a carrick bend.

    • ‘The most important use for the Carrick bend which comes to my mind is the is the joining of two towing lines or anchor cables.’
    • ‘The sheet bend, and in some cases the fisherman's knot, are simple binding knots that can replace the reef knot.’
    • ‘But then I tied a Hunter's Bend and another similar knot, comparing it to the pictures.’
    • ‘Even so it is a very secure bend and can put up with a good deal of strain and movement. It can also be used to tie a bend with thin line.’
    • ‘In addition, Seamen must know which knot, bend, or hitch will serve best in a particular circumstance.’
  • 4the bendsDecompression sickness, especially in divers.

    • ‘The bends, or decompression sickness, occurs as that dissolved nitrogen comes back out of solution as a diver surfaces.’
    • ‘The disease suffered by divers known as the bends (decompression sickness) is an example of the same phenomenon.’
    • ‘A diver was treated in the decompression chamber after surfacing on Sunday afternoon with symptoms of the bends.’
    • ‘The diver said they were waiting at a depth of five metres in order to avoid decompression sickness - known as the bends - when he noticed something wrong.’
    • ‘So, that's why the free divers can get away without getting the bends.’
    • ‘Often called the bends, decompression sickness causes nitrogen bubbles in the tissues of a diver's body when he attempts to surface too rapidly.’
    • ‘There are cases of divers getting the bends as they returned through the Alps after diving the Mediterranean.’
    • ‘The woman reported symptoms of decompression sickness, or the bends, and was immediately put on oxygen as their boat headed back to the harbour.’
    • ‘After a quiet Saturday, the squadron's helicopter was in the air again on Sunday lunchtime to assist a civilian diver suffering symptoms of the bends off the coast.’
    • ‘Offers included turning one into a restaurant and another into a hyperbaric chamber - to help scuba divers suffering from the bends.’
    • ‘And then you're in the same problem that divers have when they come up from a great depth, the problem of nitrogen bends, decompression sickness.’
    • ‘The pressure-drops through the engine are minimal, which means the fish avoid decompression sickness, or the bends, as they pass through the machine.’
    • ‘The number of divers suffering the bends in Scapa Flow is five times higher than the global average, it was revealed this week.’
    • ‘In humans, this is known as decompression sickness, or the bends.’
    • ‘In the bends, the air embolism is a bubble of nitrogen.’
    • ‘The navy had an emergency decompression chamber on stand by in case one of the divers suffered the bends.’

Phrases

  • bend someone's ear

    • informal Talk to someone, especially with great eagerness or in order to ask a favor.

      ‘she regularly bent Michael's ear with her problems’
      • ‘A few weeks prior to our meeting I spotted him at a launch party at Downing Street bending the Prime Minister's ear.’
      • ‘Even rational, thinking people are bending my ear over this issue, which is threatening to spill out of control.’
      • ‘Of course I'll want to bend his ear over my pet topics.’
      • ‘Once the artists have bent your ear, you'll want to take to the streets to tour the city's galleries and put your newfound perspectives to the test.’
      • ‘I managed to collar him and bent his ear about the American situation.’
      • ‘Can I bend your ear for a minute about a veterans' issue?’
      • ‘I've just had Mr Brisedale bending my ear for ten minutes about the quality of my warehouse staff.’
      • ‘In the following highlights of the day's activities, managers and employees had an opportunity to bend the boss 's ear - and some did.’
      • ‘I think I've bent your ear enough for today and I have to be at work in an hour.’
      • ‘Mother was on at me for ages to make her a webpage, and one night she had a couple of glasses of wine and completely bent my ear about the subject.’
  • bend one's elbow

    • Drink alcohol.

      • ‘He was jovial, and bent his elbow frequently.’
      • ‘Sometimes he bent his elbow in the company of other convivial fellows, and drank toasts which he would not have liked his wife and daughters to hear.’
      • ‘For the next thirty minutes Darren bent his elbow with the fluency of a gypsy fiddler while the others admired his “strong” drinking.’
      • ‘Since Hemingway bent his elbow here, the bar has become de rigueur.’
      • ‘He sat at the bar bending his elbow until the place closed at one o'clock.’
  • bend over backward

  • on bended knee(s)

    • see knee
      • ‘For now I'm going to get a nice light dinner on the table, open a bottle of wine and spend the rest of the evening with Mark. 16 years ago today he got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him.’
      • ‘After asking her father's permission, he got down on bended knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower and presented her with a diamond engagement ring.’
      • ‘Those responsible should be begging for forgiveness on bended knees instead of behaving in this way.’
      • ‘Tom, a photographer and residential developer, made the proposal on bended knee in the sand at sunset with turquoise waters lapping the beach.’
      • ‘Whether Galileo was actually tortured or merely threatened with torture by the Inquisition is still a matter of conjecture but the fact remains that he was forced to recant his scientific findings on bended knee.’
      • ‘He is one through whom the King of heaven makes his plea and implores on bended knee, with all his soul, that you be reconciled to this great King.’
      • ‘I've known him for two and a half years and he proposed to me on bended knee, at his mother's house.’
      • ‘I wish my future fiance would propose to me on bended knee, in a location that's special to both of us, preferably with us both dressed up.’
      • ‘Before the start of the race yesterday afternoon he went down on bended knee and - witnessed by hundreds of punters - asked Wendy to spend the rest of her life with him.’
      • ‘Being the gentleman he is Tom even went down on bended knee to propose to his bride-to-be.’
      • ‘It was in the year of forty three when George and Elizabeth took their vows on bended knees.’
      • ‘During plague, drought and famine, he will appear before her throne on bended knee and plead for her forgiveness.’
      • ‘‘I want you all to know that the nation this day is on bended knee in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, the workers who work here, for the families,’ he said.’
      • ‘Don't vary the amount or be tempted to give advances even if they come to you on bended knees.’
      • ‘He said he would ask council on bended knee to delay the move until a permanent site could be found.’
      • ‘The 60-year-old singer got down on bended knee, popped the question and produced a diamond engagement ring at the Eiffel Tower during a romantic break in Paris.’
      • ‘MPs have to swear allegiance to the Queen before they can take their seats, while those joining the privy council - a requirement for all cabinet ministers - have to do so in person, on bended knee, before the Queen herself.’
      • ‘‘I begged him on bended knee to give me a job, although he kept saying he couldn't afford to employ anyone,’ she recalls.’
      • ‘They had screamed for mercy on bended knees but to no avail.’
      • ‘Going to the U.N. on bended knee to get official U.N. sanction and peacekeeping support is one answer.’
    • Kneeling, especially when pleading or showing great respect.

      ‘did he propose on bended knee?’
      • ‘Before the start of the race yesterday afternoon he went down on bended knee and - witnessed by hundreds of punters - asked Wendy to spend the rest of her life with him.’
      • ‘I begged him on bended knee to give me a job, although he kept saying he couldn't afford to employ anyone.’
      • ‘Those responsible should be begging for forgiveness on bended knees instead of behaving in this way.’
      • ‘After asking her father Graham's permission, he got down on bended knee at the top of the Eiffel Tower and presented her with a diamond engagement ring.’
  • around the bend

    • Crazy; insane.

      ‘I'd tell you if you were going around the bend’
      • ‘He continued to drive slightly further down the road, while Clive continued to drive him round the bend by finding fault with every possible camping place.’
      • ‘She has gone completely around the bend.’
      • ‘Anyway, all that click, click, clicking would drive me round the bend.’
      • ‘The week has just entered the early hours of Monday morning and he is driving his unfortunate wife, Victoria, round the bend.’
      • ‘Something must be going on with her privately that’s driving her around the bend.’
      • ‘So one possible answer to the question of whatever happened to intellectuals is that many became postmodernists, and have driven everybody else - as intellectuals always have - round the bend.’
      • ‘What drove me round the bend about places like that Club is that people would be talking to you but looking over your shoulder to see if there was anyone more important in.’
      • ‘But hypocrisy really drove her around the bend - it so easily legitimized cruel ignorance and bad faith.’
      • ‘I briefly wondered if one of his men had gone round the bend, then the penny dropped, and I realised it must be Pat come to take the sheep away.’
      • ‘We are at our wits' end with our 13-year-old son, whose behaviour is driving us round the bend.’
      • ‘I was glad that they didn't think I was round the bend.’
      • ‘You can't really blame me because I'm round the bend.’
      • ‘The newspaper recently reported that the Formula One testing was sending local residents round the bend over claims the noise was ‘hellish’.’
      • ‘The impression nevertheless vividly remains of someone going around the bend as a result of his staring too long at the face of evil.’
      • ‘Some of his escapades almost drove me around the bend.’
      • ‘It's the little things that really drive me around the bend, though.’
      • ‘It is, but why let that drive you to drink, solitude or round the bend?’
      • ‘Modern communications are meant to be more efficient, yet the systems seem to have been designed to drive those who seek help round the bend.’
      • ‘The constant ‘thump-thump’ of a contractor's piledriver has been driving residents round the bend.’
      • ‘It's defeated many aspirants and driven a few completely around the bend.’
      mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind, certifiable, of unsound mind, crazed, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, frenzied, raving, distraught, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
      non compos mentis
      crazy, mental, off one's head, out of one's head, off one's nut, nuts, nutty, nutty as a fruitcake, off one's rocker, not right in the head, not quite right in the head, raving mad, bats, batty, bonkers, cuckoo, loopy, loony, bananas, loco, dippy, screwy, touched, gaga, doolally, up the pole, not all there, out to lunch, not right upstairs, away with the fairies
      barmy, crackers, barking, barking mad, round the twist, off one's trolley, as daft as a brush, not the full shilling, two sandwiches short of a picnic
      buggy, off the wall, nutsy, nutso, out of one's tree, meshuga, squirrelly, wacko, gonzo
      bushed
      porangi
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Origin

Old English bendan put in bonds, tension a bow by means of a string of Germanic origin; related to band.

Pronunciation:

bend

/bend/

Main definitions of bend in English

: bend1bend2

bend2

noun

Heraldry
  • An ordinary in the form of a broad diagonal stripe from top left (dexter chief) to bottom right (sinister base) of a shield or part of one.

    • ‘Something bothersome about this particular image is the way in which the bend alternates direction to become a bend sinister.’
    • ‘For example a single charge all alone on a shield is assumed to be in the center. If there is a Bend on the shield, however, it would need to be noted whether the charge appeared on the Bend itself, in the upper portion, or the lower portion.’
    • ‘This device of a fountain appears in the arms of the family, where six wells, which form the source of the River Stour appear with a bend on the shield.’
    • ‘The three wavy bends on the shield are the three main rivers in the district.’
    • ‘Its own name is of heraldic origin and refers to the three roses in a bend on the shield of the counts of Wasserburg.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French bande, Old French bende flat strip.

Pronunciation:

bend

/bend/

Main definitions of bend in English

: bend1bend2

Bend

proper noun

  • A city in central Oregon; population 77,181 (est. 2008)

Pronunciation:

Bend

/bend/