Main definitions of bend in US English:

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bend1

verb

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

    ‘the rising wind bent the long grass’
    • ‘The force of the winds bent their wings, sending them crashing to the ground below.’
    • ‘By contrast, steaming and bending the same straight grained piece of wood to the desired shape will result in a much stronger part.’
    • ‘I then slip his glasses off before he bends them out of shape like he has before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fiberglass is relatively brittle but can be bent around large-diameter curves.’
    • ‘Shapes were created by bending the hammered bars around angles on the anvil.’
    • ‘The sheet is enlivened, as a field is when the wind bends grass all in one direction.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A New Caledonian crow in captivity learned how to bend a piece of straight wire into a hook to probe for food.’
    • ‘The two ends are bent into a U shape with one end being South and the other North.’
    • ‘The spoon had been bent into such a shape that would provide louder clanging, and the pot was misshapen, being dented in many places.’
    • ‘When he arrived, he found Lona using a plasma smelter on the alorium plate, bending it into new shapes for reinforcing her armor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His legs were crossed in gentleman's fashion and he continually crinkled the paper, bending it in all shapes possible.’
    • ‘Today's accelerators use quadrupole magnets to bend the flight paths of relativistic electrons towards a converging point.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This material is light, wears well and springs back to shape after being bent.’
    curve, crook, make crooked, make curved, flex, angle, hook, bow, arc, arch, buckle, warp, contort, distort, deform
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    1. 1.1no object (of something straight) be shaped or forced into a curve or angle.
      ‘the oar bent as Lance heaved angrily at it’
      • ‘Weights were then progressively added to the weighing boat which caused the petiole to bend, curving upwards.’
      • ‘A gun is a black object made of plastic and bent at a right angle.’
      • ‘Make sure they are not bent or out of shape, as this will certainly cause reliability and functioning problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A hull plate that has bent into a large curve marks the halfway-back point on the starboard side of the wreck.’
      • ‘Now was time to use my new toy, the strip heater, since I needed a nice straight line bent at a sharp angle.’
      • ‘Even the palm trees bend at a picture-postcard angle.’
      • ‘Right children now I want you to pretend you're a tree bending in the wind.’
      • ‘The empty air in front of Daney shimmered slightly and seemed to bend, curve, to allow a human form to take shape.’
      • ‘It's raining now; I see the leaves on the vines that cover the window bending in the wind.’
      • ‘They, in turn, caused the trees to bend over the river and form a bridge to a land of peace and safety.’
      • ‘It is shaped like a Greek cross with its arms bent at right angles.’
      • ‘Do not use the needle if the tip is bent, curved or you can see spurs.’
      • ‘The trees on both sides of the highway are bent and fallen, all pointing straight east as if in accusation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Post-cyclonic palm trees on either side of the motorway were bent like hunchbacks.’
      • ‘And if light paths are not straight but bent, then space is not flat but curved.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Quinn had nice writing, it all flowed down almost like cuts yet it managed to curve and bend to create a graffiti style image.’
    2. 1.2no object , usually with adverbial of direction (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 track bends round to a junction with a yellow waymarker on the left.’
      • ‘At the end of the straight section, the road bends to the right and appears to go down slightly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Taking the back road to the golf club, you can imagine him sweeping round that bend into the tiny road.’
      • ‘But then the path would bend, and there it would be again, closer.’
      • ‘The road bends sharply to the left and crosses a bridge.’
      • ‘Another descent path is reached on the left which bends down to the old road.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is where the road bends upward and where some domestic goats once got loose and established a wild herd on a rocky ledge.’
      • ‘Soon the track bends to the right as you pass open moorland.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Thousands of roads twisted, bent, paralleled, and crossed for miles.’
      • ‘Follow the road as it bends round to the right then where the road bends to the left take the footpath straight on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have to turn the steering wheel fast as we are moving so quickly I cant make out how the road will bend next.’
      turn, curve, incline, swing, veer, swerve, deviate, diverge, fork, change course
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  • 2no object (of a person) incline the body downward from the vertical.

    ‘I bent over my plate’
    ‘he bent down and picked her up’
    with infinitive ‘he bent to tie his shoelaces’
    • ‘Michael bent down, kissed Alice on the cheek, turned to Alex and gave her a peck on the cheek.’
    • ‘When he came to, he was lying partially undressed on a bed while the staff member bent over him.’
    • ‘Evelyn bent down in front of him and sighed, ‘You really should know when to stop.’’
    • ‘Jessie bent down a bit to look at what appeared to be flowers.’
    • ‘Scott bent down over the bed and kissed his grandfather's forehead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Heaving a sigh, Josh bent over her still laughing body and kissed her on the forehead.’
    • ‘Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple of her forehead.’
    • ‘Anna bent down and picked him up tucking him under her left arm.’
    • ‘Sara bent over her friend, her face twisted by grief and rage.’
    • ‘With a laugh and a burst of affection, Brian bent down to kiss her.’
    • ‘Roger bent down next to a young blonde girl's body and checked her pulse.’
    • ‘As we watched, the young man bent down and introduced himself.’
    • ‘Billy bent over and threw the whiskey to the men in the canoes.’
    • ‘She had bent down to help a little black boy tie his shoes.’
    • ‘Her parents bent down and kissed her goodnight then did the same to their other five daughters.’
    • ‘And then, before I knew it, he had bent down and softly kissed my lips.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Emily bent down and slid the piece of paper under the door.’
    stoop, bow, crouch, squat, kneel, hunch
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    1. 2.1with 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’
      • ‘I placed my hands on my hips and started bending my knees, moving down.’
      • ‘Remember to keep your abs tight, hold your low back in a slight arch and bend your body from the hips.’
      • ‘I didn't exactly sit up, but more bent my body in half and slumped against the wall.’
      • ‘With your upper arms locked in position, bend your elbows to bring the bar toward your forehead.’
      • ‘She bent her body and laid herself on her side above Archie's paper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stand up straight, bend your left knee, and lean forward until you can touch the floor with both hands.’
      • ‘Pressing your weight through that foot to lift your body, bend your left leg and bring it forward next to your right leg.’
      • ‘I took my position once again, bending my knees low, bringing my arms up, keeping my hands steady, and shot the ball.’
      • ‘Bounce on both legs, straighten your knees, twist and bend your upper body forward, and pull straight down with both hands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She positioned her hand and bent her wrist slightly, aiming her fingers down.’
      • ‘I am unable to sit, hold anything firmly or bend my hands and legs, body.’
      • ‘Exasperated, Ted bent his upper body onto the table so that he was at eye level with Jacob.’
      • ‘Reinforce the action by bending the upper body forward with your left arm.’
      • ‘He gave a shuddering sigh, and bent his body into a fetal position.’
      • ‘Keep the shoulders in a steady, stable position and don't allow them to move as you bend your elbows.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her beauty, intelligence, and talent made her well-respected in her tribe, and made her father likely to bend to her will.’
    • ‘The moral, social, political, and legal order must bend to the individual definition of truth, no matter how willful or arbitrary.’
    • ‘What is to stop him from forcing us all to bend to his might?’
    • ‘Beneath the rhetoric is the obvious: they simply want the American university to bend to their agenda.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘He isn't happy about being forced to bend to my will, but he seems to enjoy the juice anyway.’
    • ‘I also wouldn't kidnap her against her will and force her to bend to my 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.’
    • ‘You think that since you have money and power you can force others to bend to your will.’
    • ‘The Chancellor promised to listen but, crucially, not to bend to such protests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And by tradition, the chief may often be compelled to bend to such wishes.’
    • ‘Would they bend to her willful forces and persuasion?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If anything, his critics claim he has been far too willing to bend to the will of Westminster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The band are waiting to see if their original indie label will bend to their wishes and release the single next year.’
    mould, shape, manipulate, direct, force, press, influence, incline, sway, bias, warp, impress, compel, persuade
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    1. 3.1with object Interpret or modify (a rule) to suit oneself or somebody else.
      ‘we cannot bend the rules, even for Darren’
      • ‘He feels safe doing so because he knows that while he might have bent some rules, he never broke them.’
      • ‘We were caught by matron but she bent the rules a lot over Christmas and turned a blind eye.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You bent the rules, even if you didn't actually break them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So to accommodate the applicant he bends the rules.’
      • ‘Some 60 per cent agreed bending the rules is ‘part of the fun of playing games’.’
      • ‘In this epoch of lawlessness, all warring nations have bent the law to suit their interests sometime or another.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, the tabloid press last week bent the rules still further.’
      • ‘That makes bending the rules attractive to many farmers, who are expected to wear most of the costs of conservation on their own.’
      • ‘We all bend the rules sometimes at work, which is what I've done.’
      • ‘These people… In their desire to get a majority, the rules are bent, the laws broken, institutions are destroyed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he told the congregation, which included the Lord Chancellor, that it did not mean bending the rule of law.’
      • ‘In his eyes, he did not fail; he was conspired against and was therefore entitled to compensate for his disadvantage by bending the rules.’
      • ‘In every walk of life, on the roads, in restaurants, in tax avoidance, rules and regulations are routinely bent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 4with 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’
    • ‘He bent his thoughts to see if he could pick up on Chanet's thoughts.’
    • ‘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 these reasons, he bent his efforts to implement a plan to transform music into a well-loved and respected art.’
    • ‘Again Alex berated herself for wool gathering, and bent back to the task at hand.’
    • ‘Then shaking his shoulders he bent his attention to the old man in the shadow of the chair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now they are bent to the task of creating the first Nigerian pages on the university's Web server.’
    • ‘With a mental shrug he bent his thoughts to the serious changes lying ahead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For several years he bent his efforts to the building of a railroad through the County.’
    • ‘The men’s backs are turned to the wave, and bent to the task of rowing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When his choice was made he bent his attention to the table.’
    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’
    • ‘With this view we got on board the observatories, the Instruments and bent the sails.’
    • ‘The main mast top mast was bent to the deck with cordage and sail draping across to starboard.’
    • ‘Saturday, Dave and I finished rigging the boat, raised the mast and bent the sails on.’
    • ‘That evening we selected a vessel, whose size just seemed fitted for our enterprise; we bent the sails and put the rigging in order.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘They chatted until they rounded a bend in the road and both of them fell silent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One day we came round a bend in the river and saw a big boat with a strange flag.’
    • ‘They rounded a bend in the path and could now see a river up ahead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We rounded a bend in the road and saw our first big trees: cinnamon columns behind a scrim of falling snow.’
    • ‘As he rounded a bend on a winding road, three slabs fell off.’
    • ‘Rounding a bend in the road, she pulled up sharply to park, and stepped out, walking quickly towards the pharmacy.’
    • ‘A key feature of the work will involve putting actual bends back into the river, which many years ago was previously straightened.’
    • ‘He lifted his arm in a farewell as he rounded the bend in the road.’
    • ‘She rounded the bend into the quiet road where the hotel was.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We rounded the bend in the road right before our neighborhood.’
    • ‘As she rounded the bend in the path, she saw a man standing in the middle of the clearing.’
    • ‘My father did not turn again as the car drove quickly off up the hill and disappeared round a bend in the road.’
    • ‘Leaping over a fallen branch, Kina flew past the large river and rounded a bend in the trail.’
    curve, turn, corner, kink, angle, arc, crescent, twist, crook, deviation, deflection, loop
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  • 2A curved or angled part or form of something.

    ‘making a bend in the wire’
    • ‘The chimney has to be opened at frequent intervals to insert the liners, essential if there are bends in the flue.’
    • ‘Hold the fold and squeeze it for a few seconds to make a bend in the neck.’
    • ‘He made a bend in a steel rod by heating it and fixed it to make short strokes.’
    • ‘Furthermore, although the line is a circle, there are bends in either direction throughout its course so the underlying assumption is clearly wrong.’
    • ‘First hold both ends of the wire together and make a bend in the middle.’
    • ‘Where there are bends in the ductwork an explosion vent of the appropriate size should be positioned on the bend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just look at the bend in the rod.’
    • ‘When there are many bends in the air path, ventilation resistance will increase.’
    • ‘In the 70°C samples, semicircles and sinusoidal bends are observed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes there's a bend in the tape at the end, and there may even be a crease.’
    • ‘There's a bend in the right frame rail near the front, and the lunette is a bit bent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We saw the bend in the rod and Chris commented that this was a much heavier fish.’
    • ‘Wire mesh lends itself to gentle curves and sharp bends, so you can use it to construct fences in any configuration you like.’
    • ‘It's completely ruined now, there's a bend in it that won't come out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To install the first hoop make a bend in a piece of wire about a 1/4" from the end.’
    • ‘There are bends in some polymers and some are interacting with each other.’
  • 3A kind of knot used to join two ropes, or to tie a rope to another object, e.g. a carrick bend.

    • ‘But then I tied a Hunter's Bend and another similar knot, comparing it to the pictures.’
    • ‘The sheet bend, and in some cases the fisherman's knot, are simple binding knots that can replace the reef knot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘In the bends, the air embolism is a bubble of nitrogen.’
    • ‘A diver was treated in the decompression chamber after surfacing on Sunday afternoon with symptoms of the bends.’
    • ‘There are cases of divers getting the bends as they returned through the Alps after diving the Mediterranean.’
    • ‘Offers included turning one into a restaurant and another into a hyperbaric chamber - to help scuba divers suffering from 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.’
    • ‘The disease suffered by divers known as the bends (decompression sickness) is an example of the same phenomenon.’
    • ‘The woman reported symptoms of decompression sickness, or the bends, and was immediately put on oxygen as their boat headed back to the harbour.’
    • ‘Often called the bends, decompression sickness causes nitrogen bubbles in the tissues of a diver's body when he attempts to surface too rapidly.’
    • ‘The navy had an emergency decompression chamber on stand by in case one of the divers suffered 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.’
    • ‘So, that's why the free divers can get away without getting the bends.’
    • ‘The number of divers suffering the bends in Scapa Flow is five times higher than the global average, it was revealed this week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bends, or decompression sickness, occurs as that dissolved nitrogen comes back out of solution as a diver surfaces.’
    • ‘The pressure-drops through the engine are minimal, which means the fish avoid decompression sickness, or the bends, as they pass through the machine.’
    • ‘In humans, this is known as decompression sickness, or 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’
      • ‘Even rational, thinking people are bending my ear over this issue, which is threatening to spill out of control.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course I'll want to bend his ear over my pet topics.’
      • ‘Can I bend your ear for a minute about a veterans' issue?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A few weeks prior to our meeting I spotted him at a launch party at Downing Street bending the Prime Minister's ear.’
      • ‘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've just had Mr Brisedale bending my ear for ten minutes about the quality of my warehouse staff.’
      • ‘I think I've bent your ear enough for today and I have to be at work in an hour.’
      • ‘I managed to collar him and bent his ear about the American situation.’
  • bend one's elbow

    • Drink alcohol.

      ‘it didn't take long before we were all bending our elbows at the bar’
      • ‘Since Hemingway bent his elbow here, the bar has become de rigueur.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was jovial, and bent his elbow frequently.’
      • ‘He sat at the bar bending his elbow until the place closed at one o'clock.’
  • around the bend

    • informal Crazy; insane.

      ‘I'd tell you if you were going around the bend’
  • bend over backward

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bend

/bend//bɛnd/

Main definitions of bend in US English:

: bend1bend2Bend3

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.’
    • ‘The three wavy bends on the shield are the three main rivers in the district.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its own name is of heraldic origin and refers to the three roses in a bend on the shield of the counts of Wasserburg.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bend

/bend//bɛnd/

Main definitions of bend in US English:

: bend1bend2Bend3

Bend3

proper noun

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

Pronunciation

Bend

/bend/