Bend

Definition of Bend

v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Bended or Bent ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bending.]
2.To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.
Towards Coventry bend we our course.
- Shak.
Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent.
- Sir W. Scott.
3.To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
To bend his mind to any public business.
- Temple.
4.To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
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.
v. i.1.To be moved or strained out of a straight line; to crook or be curving; to bow.
2.To jut over; to overhang.
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.
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.
Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend.
- Fletcher.
3.(Naut.) A knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to an anchor, spar, or post.
4.(Leather Trade) The best quality of sole leather; a butt. See Butt.
5.(Mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
6.(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.
1.A band.
2.(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.

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