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Bend vs. Bow

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  • Bend (verb)

    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."

  • Bend (verb)

    To become curved.

    "Look at the trees bending in the wind."

  • Bend (verb)

    To cause to change direction.

  • Bend (verb)

    To change direction.

    "The road bends to the right"

  • Bend (verb)

    To be inclined; to direct itself.

  • Bend (verb)

    To stoop.

    "He bent down to pick up the pieces."

  • Bend (verb)

    To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.

  • Bend (verb)

    To force to submit.

    "They bent me to their will."

  • Bend (verb)

    To submit.

    "I am bending to my desire to eat junk food."

  • Bend (verb)

    To apply to a task or purpose.

    "He bent the company's resources to gaining market share."

  • Bend (verb)

    To apply oneself to a task or purpose.

    "He bent to the goal of gaining market share."

  • Bend (verb)

    To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.

  • Bend (verb)

    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."

  • Bend (verb)

    To smoothly change the pitch of a note.

    "You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure."

  • Bend (verb)

    To swing the body when rowing.

  • Bend (noun)

    A curve.

    "There's a sharp bend in the road ahead."

  • Bend (noun)

    Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.

  • Bend (noun)

    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."

  • Bend (noun)

    One of the 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.

  • Bend (noun)

    Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.

  • Bend (noun)

    In the leather trade, the best quality of sole leather; a butt; sometimes, half a butt cut lengthwise.

  • Bend (noun)

    Hard, indurated clay; bind.

  • Bend (noun)

    The thickest and strongest planks in a ship's sides, more generally called wales, which have the beams, knees, and futtocks bolted to them.

  • Bend (noun)

    The frames or ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of the sides.

    "the midship bends"

  • Bend (noun)

    A glissando, or glide between one pitch and another.

  • Bow (noun)

    A weapon made of a curved piece of wood or other flexible material whose ends are connected by a string, used for shooting arrows.

  • Bow (noun)

    A curved bend in a rod or planar surface, or in a linear formation such as a river (see oxbow).

  • Bow (noun)

    A rod with horsehair (or an artificial substitute) stretched between the ends, used for playing various stringed musical instruments.

  • Bow (noun)

    A stringed instrument (chordophone), consisting of a stick with a single taut cord stretched between the ends, most often played by plucking.

  • Bow (noun)

    A type of knot with two loops, used to tie together two cords such as shoelaces or apron strings, and frequently used as decoration, such as in gift-wrapping.

  • Bow (noun)

    Anything bent or curved, such as a rainbow.

  • Bow (noun)

    The U-shaped piece which goes around the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.

  • Bow (noun)

    Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.

  • Bow (noun)

    A crude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.

  • Bow (noun)

    Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.

  • Bow (noun)

    The part of a key that is not inserted into the lock and that is used to turn the key.

  • Bow (noun)

    A gesture, usually showing respect, made by inclining the head or bending forward at the waist; a reverence

    "He made a polite bow as he entered the room."

  • Bow (noun)

    The front of a boat or ship.

  • Bow (noun)

    The rower that sits in the seat closest to the bow of the boat.

  • Bow (verb)

    To play music on (a stringed instrument) using a bow.

    "The musician bowed his violin expertly."

  • Bow (verb)

    To become bent or curved.

    "The shelf bowed under the weight of the books."

  • Bow (verb)

    To make something bend or curve.

  • Bow (verb)

    To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.

  • Bow (verb)

    To premiere.

    "Cronenberg’s "Cosmopolis" bows in Cannes this week."

  • Bow (verb)

    To bend oneself as a gesture of respect or deference.

    "That singer always bows towards her audience for some reason."

  • Bow (verb)

    To debut.

  • Bow (verb)

    To defer (to something).

    "I bow to your better judgement in the matter."

  • Bow (verb)

    To give a direction, indication, or command to by bowing.

Wiktionary
Oxford Dictionary
  • Bend

    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.

  • Bend

    To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.

  • Bend

    To apply closely or with interest; to direct.

  • Bend

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

  • Bend

    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.

  • Bend (verb)

    To be moved or strained out of a straight line; to crook or be curving; to bow.

  • Bend (verb)

    To jut over; to overhang.

  • Bend (verb)

    To be inclined; to be directed.

  • Bend (verb)

    To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.

  • Bend (noun)

    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.

  • Bend (noun)

    Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.

  • Bend (noun)

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

  • Bend (noun)

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

  • Bend (noun)

    Hard, indurated clay; bind.

  • Bend (noun)

    same as caisson disease. Usually referred to as the bends.

  • Bend (noun)

    A band.

  • Bend (noun)

    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.

  • Bow

    To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved.

  • Bow

    To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.

  • Bow

    To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.

  • Bow

    To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,; to crush; to subdue.

  • Bow

    To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.

  • Bow (verb)

    To bend; to curve.

  • Bow (verb)

    To stop.

  • Bow (verb)

    To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; - often with down.

  • Bow (verb)

    To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow.

  • Bow (verb)

    To play (music) with a bow.

  • Bow (noun)

    An inclination of the head, or a bending of the body, in token of reverence, respect, civility, or submission; an obeisance; as, a bow of deep humility.

  • Bow (noun)

    Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.

  • Bow (noun)

    A weapon made of a strip of wood, or other elastic material, with a cord connecting the two ends, by means of which an arrow is propelled.

  • Bow (noun)

    An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string.

  • Bow (noun)

    The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.

  • Bow (noun)

    An appliance consisting of an elastic rod, with a number of horse hairs stretched from end to end of it, used in playing on a stringed instrument.

  • Bow (noun)

    An arcograph.

  • Bow (noun)

    Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging the hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.

  • Bow (noun)

    A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.

  • Bow (noun)

    Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.

  • Bow (noun)

    The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.

  • Bow (noun)

    One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.

Webster Dictionary
  • Bend (noun)

    a circular segment of a curve;

    "a bend in the road"

    "a crook in the path"

  • Bend (noun)

    movement that causes the formation of a curve

  • Bend (noun)

    curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)

  • Bend (noun)

    an angular or rounded shape made by folding;

    "a fold in the napkin"

    "a crease in his trousers"

    "a plication on her blouse"

    "a flexure of the colon"

    "a bend of his elbow"

  • Bend (noun)

    a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range

  • Bend (noun)

    diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left

  • Bend (verb)

    form a curve;

    "The stick does not bend"

  • Bend (verb)

    change direction;

    "The road bends"

  • Bend (verb)

    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;

    "bend the rod"

    "twist the dough into a braid"

    "the strong man could turn an iron bar"

  • Bend (verb)

    bend one's back forward from the waist on down;

    "he crouched down"

    "She bowed before the Queen"

    "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"

  • Bend (verb)

    turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest

  • Bend (verb)

    bend a joint;

    "flex your wrists"

    "bend your knees"

  • Bow (noun)

    a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

  • Bow (noun)

    a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument

  • Bow (noun)

    front part of a vessel or aircraft;

    "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

  • Bow (noun)

    curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows

  • Bow (noun)

    something curved in shape

  • Bow (noun)

    bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame

  • Bow (noun)

    an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience

  • Bow (noun)

    a decorative interlacing of ribbons

  • Bow (noun)

    a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

  • Bow (verb)

    bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head;

    "He bowed before the King"

    "She bowed her head in shame"

  • Bow (verb)

    submit or yield to another's wish or opinion;

    "The government bowed to the military pressure"

  • Bow (verb)

    bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting;

    "He bowed before the King"

  • Bow (verb)

    bend one's back forward from the waist on down;

    "he crouched down"

    "She bowed before the Queen"

    "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"

  • Bow (verb)

    play on a string instrument

Princeton's WordNet

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