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BEND, [L.pando,pandare, to bend in; pando, pandere, to open; pandus, bent, crooked]

1. To strain, or to crook by straining; as, to bend a bow.

2. To crook; to make crooked; to curve; to inflect; as, to bend the arm.

3. To direct to a certain point; as, to bend our steps or course to a particular place.

4. To exert; to apply closely; to exercise laboriously; to intend or stretch; as, to bend the mind to study.

5. To prepare or put in order for use; to stretch or strain.

He hath bent his bow and made it ready. Ps.7.

6. To incline; to be determined; that is, to stretch towards, or cause to tend; as, to be bent on mischief.

7. To subdue; to cause to yield; to make submissive; as, to bend a man to our will.

8. In seamanship, to fasten, as one rope to another or to an anchor; to fasten, as a sail to its yard or stay; to fasten, as a cable to the ring of an anchor.

9. To bend the brow, is to knit the brow; to scowl; to frown.

BEND, v.i. To be crooked; to crook,or be curving.

1. To incline; to lean or turn; as, a road bends to the west.

2. To jut over; as a bending cliff.

3. To resolve, or determine.[See Bent on.]

4. To bow or be submissive. Is.60.

BEND,n. A curve; a crook; a turn in a road or river; flexure; incurvation.

1. In marine language, that part of a rope which is fastened to another or to an anchor. [See To bend. No.8.]

2. Bends of a ship, are the thickest and strongest planks in her sides, more generally called wales. They are reckoned from the water, first, second or third bend. They have the beams,knees, and foot hooks bolted to them, and are the chief strength of the ship's sides.

3. In heraldry, one of the nine honorable ordinaries, containing a third part of the field, when charged, and a fifth, when plain. It is made by two lines drawn across from the dexter chief, to the sinister base point. It sometimes is indented, ingrained, &c.

BEND, n. A band. [Not in use.]




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BEND, [L.pando,pandare, to bend in; pando, pandere, to open; pandus, bent, crooked]

1. To strain, or to crook by straining; as, to bend a bow.

2. To crook; to make crooked; to curve; to inflect; as, to bend the arm.

3. To direct to a certain point; as, to bend our steps or course to a particular place.

4. To exert; to apply closely; to exercise laboriously; to intend or stretch; as, to bend the mind to study.

5. To prepare or put in order for use; to stretch or strain.

He hath bent his bow and made it ready. Ps.7.

6. To incline; to be determined; that is, to stretch towards, or cause to tend; as, to be bent on mischief.

7. To subdue; to cause to yield; to make submissive; as, to bend a man to our will.

8. In seamanship, to fasten, as one rope to another or to an anchor; to fasten, as a sail to its yard or stay; to fasten, as a cable to the ring of an anchor.

9. To bend the brow, is to knit the brow; to scowl; to frown.

BEND, v.i. To be crooked; to crook,or be curving.

1. To incline; to lean or turn; as, a road bends to the west.

2. To jut over; as a bending cliff.

3. To resolve, or determine.[See Bent on.]

4. To bow or be submissive. Is.60.

BEND,n. A curve; a crook; a turn in a road or river; flexure; incurvation.

1. In marine language, that part of a rope which is fastened to another or to an anchor. [See To bend. No.8.]

2. Bends of a ship, are the thickest and strongest planks in her sides, more generally called wales. They are reckoned from the water, first, second or third bend. They have the beams,knees, and foot hooks bolted to them, and are the chief strength of the ship's sides.

3. In heraldry, one of the nine honorable ordinaries, containing a third part of the field, when charged, and a fifth, when plain. It is made by two lines drawn across from the dexter chief, to the sinister base point. It sometimes is indented, ingrained, &c.

BEND, n. A band. [Not in use.]


BEND, n.

A band. [Not in use.] – Spenser.


BEND, n.

  1. A curve; a crook; a turn in a road or river; flexure; incurvation.
  2. In marine language, that part of a rope which is fastened to another or to an anchor. [See To bend, No.8.]
  3. Bends of a ship, are the thickest and strongest planks in her sides, more generally called wales. They are reckoned from the water, first, second or third bend. They have the beams, knees, and foot hooks bolted to them, and are the chief strength of the ship's sides. – Encyc. Mar. Dict.
  4. In heraldry, one of the nine honorable ordinaries, containing a third part of the field, when charged, and a fifth, when plain. It is made by two lines drawn across from the dexter chief, to the sinister base point. It sometimes is indented, ingrailed, &c. – Johnson. Encyc.

BEND, v.i.

  1. To be crooked; to crook, or be curving. – Sandys.
  2. To incline; to lean or turn; as, a road bends to the west.
  3. To jut over; as, a bending cliff.
  4. To resolve, or determine. [See Bent on.] – Dryden.
  5. To bow or be submissive. – Is. lx.

BEND, v.t. [pret. bended or bent; pp. bended or bent. Sax. bendan, to bend; Fr. bander, to bend, bind or tie; Ger. binden, to wind, bind or tie; D. binden, the same; Sw. banda, to bind; Dan. binder, to bind; L. pando, pandare, to bend in; pando, pandere, to open; pandus, bent, crooked; It. banda, sidewise; benda, a fillet or band; bendare, to crown; Sp. pandear, to bend or be inclined, to bulge out, to belly; pandeo, a bulge or protuberance; pando, jutting out. The primary sense is, to stretch or strain. Bend and bind are radically the same word.]

  1. To strain, or to crook by straining; as, to bend a bow.
  2. To crook; to make crooked; to curve; to inflect; as, to bend the arm.
  3. To direct to a certain point; as, to bend our steps or course to a particular place.
  4. To exert; to apply closely; to exercise laboriously; to intend or stretch; as, to bend the mind to study.
  5. To prepare or put in order for use; to stretch or strain. He hath bent his bow and made it ready. – Ps. vii.
  6. To incline; to be determined; that is, to stretch toward, or cause to tend; as, to be bent on mischief. It expresses disposition or purpose.
  7. To subdue; to cause to yield; to make submissive; as, to bend a man to our will.
  8. In seamanship, to fasten, as one rope to another or to an anchor; to fasten, as a sail to its yard or stay; to fasten, as a cable to the ring of an anchor. – Mar. Dict.
  9. To bend the brow, is to knit the brow; to scowl; to frown – Camden.

Bend
  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 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.

  3. 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.
  4. A band.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  5. 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. Scott.

  6. To jut over; to overhang.

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

  7. Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.

    [Obs.]

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.
    Pope.

  10. To be inclined; to be directed.

    To whom our vows and wished bend.
    Milton.

  11. A knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to an anchor, spar, or post.

    Totten.
  12. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.

    "Except she bend her humor." Shak.
  13. To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.

    While each to his great Father bends.
    Coleridge.

  14. The best quality of sole leather; a butt. See Butt.
  15. 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.

    Totten.

    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.

  16. Hard, indurated clay; bind.
  17. 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.

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Bend

BEND, [Latin pando, pandare, to bend in; pando, pandere, to open; pandus, bent, crooked]

1. To strain, or to crook by straining; as, to bend a bow.

2. To crook; to make crooked; to curve; to inflect; as, to bend the arm.

3. To direct to a certain point; as, to bend our steps or course to a particular place.

4. To exert; to apply closely; to exercise laboriously; to intend or stretch; as, to bend the mind to study.

5. To prepare or put in order for use; to stretch or strain.

He hath bent his bow and made it ready. Psalms 7:1.

6. To incline; to be determined; that is, to stretch towards, or cause to tend; as, to be bent on mischief.

7. To subdue; to cause to yield; to make submissive; as, to bend a man to our will.

8. In seamanship, to fasten, as one rope to another or to an anchor; to fasten, as a sail to its yard or stay; to fasten, as a cable to the ring of an anchor.

9. To bend the brow, is to knit the brow; to scowl; to frown.

BEND, verb intransitive To be crooked; to crook, or be curving.

1. To incline; to lean or turn; as, a road bends to the west.

2. To jut over; as a bending cliff.

3. To resolve, or determine.[See Bent on.]

4. To bow or be submissive. Isaiah 60:1.

BEND,noun A curve; a crook; a turn in a road or river; flexure; incurvation.

1. In marine language, that part of a rope which is fastened to another or to an anchor. [See To bend No.8.]

2. Bends of a ship, are the thickest and strongest planks in her sides, more generally called wales. They are reckoned from the water, first, second or third bend They have the beams, knees, and foot hooks bolted to them, and are the chief strength of the ship's sides.

3. In heraldry, one of the nine honorable ordinaries, containing a third part of the field, when charged, and a fifth, when plain. It is made by two lines drawn across from the dexter chief, to the sinister base point. It sometimes is indented, ingrained, etc.

BEND, noun A band. [Not in use.]

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