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Bendverb

(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.’;

Bowingverb

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Bendverb

(intransitive) To become curved.

‘Look at the trees bending in the wind.’;

Bowingnoun

The act of bending at the waist, as a sign of respect or greeting.

‘The courtier had practiced his bowing.’;

Bendverb

(transitive) To cause to change direction.

Bowingnoun

A bending.

‘The heavy books caused a bowing in the shelf.’;

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Bendverb

(intransitive) To change direction.

‘The road bends to the right’;

Bowingnoun

A technique for using the bow on a string instrument such as a violin.

Bendverb

(intransitive) To be inclined; to direct itself.

Bowingnoun

The act or art of managing the bow in playing on stringed instruments.

‘Bowing constitutes a principal part of the art of the violinist, the violist, etc.’;

Bendverb

To stoop.

‘He bent down to pick up the pieces.’;

Bowingnoun

In hatmaking, the act or process of separating and distributing the fur or hair by means of a bow, to prepare it for felting.

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Bendverb

(intransitive) To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.

Bowingnoun

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

Bendverb

(transitive) To force to submit.

‘They bent me to their will.’;

Bowingnoun

managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument;

‘the violinist's bowing was excellent’;

Bendverb

(intransitive) To submit.

‘I am bending to my desire to eat junk food.’;

Bowingadjective

showing an excessively deferential manner

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Bendverb

(transitive) To apply to a task or purpose.

‘He bent the company's resources to gaining market share.’;

Bowing

Bowing (also called stooping) is the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture in direction to another person or symbol. It is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many European countries.

Bendverb

(intransitive) To apply oneself to a task or purpose.

‘He bent to the goal of gaining market share.’;

Bendverb

(transitive) To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.

Bendverb

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.’;

Bendverb

To smoothly change the pitch of a note.

‘You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.’;

Bendverb

To swing the body when rowing.

Bendnoun

A curve.

‘There's a sharp bend in the road ahead.’;

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

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.’;

Bendnoun

(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.

Bendnoun

(obsolete) Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

(mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

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

‘the midship bends’;

Bendnoun

(music) A glissando, or glide between one pitch and another.

Bendverb

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.

Bendverb

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

‘Towards Coventry bend we our course.’; ‘Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent.’;

Bendverb

To apply closely or with interest; to direct.

‘To bend his mind to any public business.’; ‘But when to mischief mortals bend their will.’;

Bendverb

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

Bendverb

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.

Bendverb

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

‘The green earth's endWhere the bowed welkin slow doth bend.’;

Bendverb

To jut over; to overhang.

‘There is a cliff, whose high and bending headLooks fearfully in the confined deep.’;

Bendverb

To be inclined; to be directed.

‘To whom our vows and wished bend.’;

Bendverb

To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.

‘While each to his great Father bends.’;

Bendnoun

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.

Bendnoun

Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.

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

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

Hard, indurated clay; bind.

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

A band.

Bendnoun

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.

Bendnoun

a circular segment of a curve;

‘a bend in the road’; ‘a crook in the path’;

Bendnoun

movement that causes the formation of a curve

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

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’;

Bendnoun

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

Bendnoun

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

Bendverb

form a curve;

‘The stick does not bend’;

Bendverb

change direction;

‘The road bends’;

Bendverb

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’;

Bendverb

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’;

Bendverb

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

Bendverb

bend a joint;

‘flex your wrists’; ‘bend your knees’;

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