Adjective "bend" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Shape or force (something straight) into a curve or angle.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'The two ends are bent into a U shape with one end being South and the other North.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'This material is light, wears well and springs back to shape after being bent.'
  7. 'A New Caledonian crow in captivity learned how to bend a piece of straight wire into a hook to probe for food.'
  8. 'Today's accelerators use quadrupole magnets to bend the flight paths of relativistic electrons towards a converging point.'
  9. 'The sheet is enlivened, as a field is when the wind bends grass all in one direction.'
  10. 'The spoon had been bent into such a shape that would provide louder clanging, and the pot was misshapen, being dented in many places.'
  11. 'poppies bending in the wind'
  12. 'Weights were then progressively added to the weighing boat which caused the petiole to bend, curving upwards.'
  13. 'The trees on both sides of the highway are bent and fallen, all pointing straight east as if in accusation.'
  14. '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.'
  15. 'And if light paths are not straight but bent, then space is not flat but curved.'
  16. 'Quinn had nice writing, it all flowed down almost like cuts yet it managed to curve and bend to create a graffiti style image.'
  17. 'The trees bent and curved up around them on both sides, forming a natural cathedral.'
  18. 'Do not use the needle if the tip is bent, curved or you can see spurs.'
  19. 'Post-cyclonic palm trees on either side of the motorway were bent like hunchbacks.'
  20. 'It's raining now; I see the leaves on the vines that cover the window bending in the wind.'
  21. 'Now was time to use my new toy, the strip heater, since I needed a nice straight line bent at a sharp angle.'
  22. 'At the end of the straight section, the road bends to the right and appears to go down slightly.'
  23. 'The road bends as it crosses the bridge, and residents say a high hedge makes visibility particularly poor.'
  24. '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.'
  25. 'Thousands of roads twisted, bent, paralleled, and crossed for miles.'
  26. 'There is where the road bends upward and where some domestic goats once got loose and established a wild herd on a rocky ledge.'
  27. 'But then the path would bend, and there it would be again, closer.'
  28. 'Follow the road as it bends round to the right then where the road bends to the left take the footpath straight on.'
  29. 'Taking the back road to the golf club, you can imagine him sweeping round that bend into the tiny road.'
  30. '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.'
  31. 'Another descent path is reached on the left which bends down to the old road.'
(of a person) incline the body downwards from the vertical.
  1. 'I bent over my plate'
  2. 'As we watched, the young man bent down and introduced himself.'
  3. 'She had bent down to help a little black boy tie his shoes.'
  4. 'Roger bent down next to a young blonde girl's body and checked her pulse.'
  5. 'Her parents bent down and kissed her goodnight then did the same to their other five daughters.'
  6. 'Scott bent down over the bed and kissed his grandfather's forehead.'
  7. 'With a laugh and a burst of affection, Brian bent down to kiss her.'
  8. 'Emily bent down and slid the piece of paper under the door.'
  9. 'Dave bent down and pushed aside a few scattered newspapers, plucking out a pile of maps that were still on the fallen display case.'
  10. 'Jessie bent down a bit to look at what appeared to be flowers.'
  11. 'Anna bent down and picked him up tucking him under her left arm.'
  12. 'He bent his body, so he could put his hands into the water.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'Reinforce the action by bending the upper body forward with your left arm.'
  15. 'He gave a shuddering sigh, and bent his body into a fetal position.'
  16. 'I didn't exactly sit up, but more bent my body in half and slumped against the wall.'
  17. '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.'
  18. 'I placed my hands on my hips and started bending my knees, moving down.'
  19. 'Bounce on both legs, straighten your knees, twist and bend your upper body forward, and pull straight down with both hands.'
  20. 'I took my position once again, bending my knees low, bringing my arms up, keeping my hands steady, and shot the ball.'
  21. 'Remember to keep your abs tight, hold your low back in a slight arch and bend your body from the hips.'
Force or be forced to submit.
  1. no object 'a refusal to bend to mob rule'
  2. 'The moral, social, political, and legal order must bend to the individual definition of truth, no matter how willful or arbitrary.'
  3. 'You think that since you have money and power you can force others to bend to your will.'
  4. 'Her beauty, intelligence, and talent made her well-respected in her tribe, and made her father likely to bend to her will.'
  5. 'Would they bend to her willful forces and persuasion?'
  6. 'I also wouldn't kidnap her against her will and force her to bend to my will.'
  7. 'He isn't happy about being forced to bend to my will, but he seems to enjoy the juice anyway.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'The Chancellor promised to listen but, crucially, not to bend to such protests.'
  10. '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?'
  11. '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.'
  12. 'We all bend the rules sometimes at work, which is what I've done.'
  13. 'He feels safe doing so because he knows that while he might have bent some rules, he never broke them.'
  14. '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.'
  15. '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.'
  16. 'In every walk of life, on the roads, in restaurants, in tax avoidance, rules and regulations are routinely bent.'
  17. 'These people… In their desire to get a majority, the rules are bent, the laws broken, institutions are destroyed.'
  18. 'Some 60 per cent agreed bending the rules is ‘part of the fun of playing games’.'
  19. 'In his eyes, he did not fail; he was conspired against and was therefore entitled to compensate for his disadvantage by bending the rules.'
  20. 'You bent the rules, even if you didn't actually break them.'
  21. 'So to accommodate the applicant he bends the rules.'
Direct (one's attention or energies) to a task.
  1. no object 'she bent once more to the task of diverting her guests'
  2. 'For several years he bent his efforts to the building of a railroad through the County.'
  3. 'He bent his thoughts to see if he could pick up on Chanet's thoughts.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Instead, he bent all his efforts toward becoming a fighting soldier, and succeeded.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'When his choice was made he bent his attention to the table.'
  8. 'Again Alex berated herself for wool gathering, and bent back to the task at hand.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'The men’s backs are turned to the wave, and bent to the task of rowing.'
  11. 'Simple experiments prove, however, that when those energies are bent to the wrong ends, there is severe backlash.'
Attach (a sail or cable) by means of a knot.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'That evening we selected a vessel, whose size just seemed fitted for our enterprise; we bent the sails and put the rigging in order.'
  3. 'The main mast top mast was bent to the deck with cordage and sail draping across to starboard.'


A curve in a road, river, path, or racing circuit.
  1. 'a bend in the river'
  2. 'He lifted his arm in a farewell as he rounded the bend in the road.'
  3. 'She rounded the bend into the quiet road where the hotel was.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'We rounded a bend in the road and saw our first big trees: cinnamon columns behind a scrim of falling snow.'
  7. 'As she rounded the bend in the path, she saw a man standing in the middle of the clearing.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'Leaping over a fallen branch, Kina flew past the large river and rounded a bend in the trail.'
  10. 'As he rounded a bend on a winding road, three slabs fell off.'
  11. '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.'
A curved or angled part of something.
  1. 'Where there are bends in the ductwork an explosion vent of the appropriate size should be positioned on the bend.'
  2. 'There are bends in some polymers and some are interacting with each other.'
  3. 'In the 70°C samples, semicircles and sinusoidal bends are observed.'
  4. 'Sometimes there's a bend in the tape at the end, and there may even be a crease.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'There's a bend in the right frame rail near the front, and the lunette is a bit bent.'
  7. 'When there are many bends in the air path, ventilation resistance will increase.'
  8. 'He made a bend in a steel rod by heating it and fixed it to make short strokes.'
  9. 'To install the first hoop make a bend in a piece of wire about a 1/4" from the end.'
  10. 'Wire mesh lends itself to gentle curves and sharp bends, so you can use it to construct fences in any configuration you like.'
A kind of knot used to join two ropes together, or to tie a rope to another object, e.g. a carrick bend.
  1. 'In addition, Seamen must know which knot, bend, or hitch will serve best in a particular circumstance.'
  2. 'The sheet bend, and in some cases the fisherman's knot, are simple binding knots that can replace the reef knot.'
Decompression sickness, especially in divers.
  1. 'The number of divers suffering the bends in Scapa Flow is five times higher than the global average, it was revealed this week.'
  2. 'The pressure-drops through the engine are minimal, which means the fish avoid decompression sickness, or the bends, as they pass through the machine.'
  3. '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.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Often called the bends, decompression sickness causes nitrogen bubbles in the tissues of a diver's body when he attempts to surface too rapidly.'
  6. 'The woman reported symptoms of decompression sickness, or the bends, and was immediately put on oxygen as their boat headed back to the harbour.'
  7. 'The disease suffered by divers known as the bends (decompression sickness) is an example of the same phenomenon.'
  8. 'The bends, or decompression sickness, occurs as that dissolved nitrogen comes back out of solution as a diver surfaces.'


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.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Something bothersome about this particular image is the way in which the bend alternates direction to become a bend sinister.'

More definitions

1. to force (an object, especially a long or thin one) from a straight form into a curved or angular one, or from a curved or angular form into some different form: to bend an iron rod into a hoop.

2. to direct or turn in a particular direction: to bend one's energies to the task.

3. to cause to submit or yield: to bend someone to one's will.

4. to modify or relax (restrictions, regulations, etc.) temporarily or in certain

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be bend at things."

"people can be bend."

"efforts can be bend."

"testings can be bend."

"hands can be bend."

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


bend someone's ear
bend one's elbow
bend over backwards
round the bend