- (transitive) To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
- (intransitive) To become curved.
- (transitive) To cause to change direction.
- (intransitive) To change direction.
- (intransitive, usually with "down") To stoop.
- (transitive) To force to submit.
- (intransitive) To submit.
- (transitive) To apply to a task or purpose.
- (intransitive) To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
- (transitive) To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
- (transitive, nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
- (transitive, music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
- (intransitive, nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
NounBend (plural Bends)
- A curve.
- (nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
- (in the plural, medicine, diving, with the) A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
- (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.
Adjectives for Bend
distant; graceful; alternate; convex; keen; sharp; magisterial; sudden; tender; tolerant.
Adverbs for Bend
feebly; impulsively; confidentially; inextricably; mournfully; solicitously; alternately; magisterially; tenderly; tolerantly.
Synonyms for Bend
Antonyms for Bend
- bend down
- bend over
- bend over backwards
- bend somebody's ear
- on bended knee
- around the bend
- bend one's elbow
- bend out of shape
- bend the truth
- bend sinister
- drive somebody round the bend
- in bend
- sheet bend
- string bend
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From Middle English benden, from Old English bendan (“to bind or bend (a bow), fetter, restrain”), from Proto-Germanic *bandijanan (“to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhendh- (“to bind, tie”). Cognate with Middle High German benden (“to fetter”), Danish bænde (“to bend”), Icelandic benda (“to bend”). More at band.
- IPA: /bɛnd/
- Rhymes: -ɛnd
From English band.
Bend m. sg.
- band (group of musicians)