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English

Etymology

From Middle English benden < Old English bendan to bind or bend (a bow).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to bend

Third person singular
bends

Simple past
bent

Past participle
-

Present participle
bending

to bend (third-person singular simple present bends, present participle bending, simple past and past participle bent)
  1. (transitive) To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
    • If you bend the pipe too far, it will break.
    • Don’t bend your knees.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To force or be forced to submit.
    • "They bent me to their will."
    • "I am bending to my desire to eat junk food."
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
    • Bend the sail to the yard.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
    • You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To swing the body when rowing.
  6. (intransitive) To become curved.
    • Look at the trees bending in the wind.
    • To bow properly, bend at the waist.
  7. (intransitive) To change direction.
    • The road bends to the right

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Translations

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Noun

Singular
bend

Plural
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  1. A curve.
    • There's a sharp bend in the road ahead.
  2. (nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (the bends) A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
    • A diver who stays deep for too long must ascend very slowly in order to prevent the bends.
  4. (heraldry) One of the honourable ordinaries formed by two diagonal lines drawn from the dexter chief to the sinister base; it generally occupies a fifth part of the shield if uncharged, but if charged one third.

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References

  • The Manual of Heraldry, Fifth Edition, by Anonymous, London, 1862, online at [1]

Croatian

Etymology

From English band.

Noun

bend m. sg.

  1. band (group of musicians)

Kurdish

Noun

bend

  1. slave

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