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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bend:

creasecrookbendfoldtwistcurveturn

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb bend:

deformdeflectflexstoopcrouchbowtwistbendturn

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb bend and its most common antonym:

straightenbend

Bend is sometimes a misspelling of band or been.

The word bend is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun bend

What does bend mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bends

  1. a circular segment of a curve
    • example: a bend in the road
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of bend: crook / turn / twist
    • more generic terms: curve / curved shape = the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
    • more specific word: bight = a bend or curve
  2. movement that causes the formation of a curve
  3. curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
    • domain: river
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bend: curve
    • more generic words: section / segment = one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: road / route = an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
  4. an angular or rounded shape made by folding
    • example: a bend of his elbow
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of bend: crease / crimp / flexure / fold / plication
    • more generic terms: angular shape / angularity = a shape having one or more sharp angles
    • more specific words:
      • plait / pleat = any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
      • twirl / twist / kink = a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
      • pucker / ruck = an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface
  5. diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of bend: bend dexter
    • more generic word: ordinary = any of several conventional figures used on shields

Alternative definition of the noun bend

noun

  1. A curve.
  2. [nautical] Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
  3. [context: in plural, medicine, diving, with the] A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
  4. [heraldiccharge] 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.

Specialised definition of the noun bend

Glossary of sports / athletics

a curved section of a running track (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

the part of a race run around these sections (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: she's run a good bend.

Glossary of sports / golf

the curve on a shot

Glossary of sports / motorsports

a shallow turn

Definition of the verb bend

What does bend mean as a doing word?

Bend is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
bentbentbendingbends

  1. form a curve
  2. change direction
    • example: The road bends
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: turn = change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  3. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
  4. bend one's back forward from the waist on down
  5. turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of bend: deflect / turn away
    • more generic word: turn = change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  6. bend a joint
    • example: bend your knees
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of bend: flex
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

Alternative definition of the verb bend

verb

  1. [transitive] To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
  2. [intransitive] To become curved.
  3. [transitive] To cause to change direction.
  4. [intransitive] To change direction.
  5. [intransitive, usually, with "down"] To stoop.
  6. [transitive] To force to submit.
  7. [intransitive] To submit.
  8. [transitive] To apply to a task or purpose.
  9. [intransitive] To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
  10. [transitive] To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
  11. [transitive, nautical] To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
  12. [transitive, music] To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
  13. [intransitive, nautical] To swing the body when rowing.

Specialised definition of the verb bend

Glossary of sports

to curve from a straight shape (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / golf

to hit a hook or slice

Glossary of sports / motorsports

to damage a car slightly

Places

  1. Bend is a city in and the county seat of Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon's largest city, and despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. Bend recorded a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 US Census, up from 52,029 at the 2000 census. The estimated population of the city as of 2013 is 81,236. Bend's metro population was estimated at 165,954 as of July 1, 2013. The Bend MSA is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Oregon.
  2. Bend is an unincorporated community in Lampasas and San Saba Counties in Western Central Texas. The population was 1,678 as of the 2010 census. It is located on Farm to Market Road 580 on the western leg of a horseshoe-shaped bend in the Colorado River. The Lampasas County portion of Bend is part of the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.
  3. Bend a.k.a. Bend, California: Bend is a census-designated place in Tehama County, California, United States. Bend is located on the Sacramento River 6 miles north-northeast of Red Bluff. Bend had a post office from 1897 to 1935. The community was originally known as Horsethief Bend; the name was changed to Sander's Bend and later shortened to Bend. The population was 619 at the 2010 census.
  4. Bend is a railway point located between Penny and Dome Creek on the Fraser River in central British Columbia. A post office was established 1 May 1930 and closed on 15 October 1942.

There are other places with in their name, like Big Bend, East Bend, Gees Bend, Gila Bend, West Bend, Bayou Bend, Eagle Bend, Gee's Bend, Grand Bend, Great Bend, Malta Bend, Miami Bend, North Bend, South Bend, Barlow Bend, Bend Oregon, Brazos Bend, Jesuit Bend, McCord Bend and Orange Bend.

Character

Bend is a fictional character from the 2010 film Step Up 3D.

Music

  1. "Bend" is a musical single of The Egg.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  2. "Bend" is a musical single of The Modernaires.
    • released in (34 years ago)
  3. "Bend" is a musical album of Erik Penny.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  4. "Bend" is a musical album of Tony Trischka Band.
  5. "Bend" is a musical album of The Origin.

Miscellanea

  1. Bend: In heraldry, a bend is a band or strap running from the upper dexter corner of the shield to the lower sinister. Authorities differ as to how much of the field it should cover, ranging from one-fifth up to one-third. The supposed rule that a bend should occupy a maximum of one-third of the field appears to exclude the possibility of two or three bends being shown together, but contrary examples exist.
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Phrases with Bend

Phrases starting with the word Bend:

  1. Bend Down
  2. Bend Over
  3. bend dexter
  4. bend sinister
  5. Bend the Truth

Phrases ending with the word Bend:

  1. U-Bend
  2. In Bend
  3. to bend
  4. big bend
  5. knee bend
  6. blind bend
  7. sheet bend
  8. Sneck-Bend
  9. south bend
  10. becket bend
  11. hawser bend
  12. carrick bend
  13. hairpin bend
  14. round the bend

Other phrase containing the word Bend:

  1. Big Bend Gecko

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bend

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Google previewStep by Step (2004)

A Complete Movement Education Curriculum by Sheila Kogan

Introducing Bend and Straighten A bend is a folding of two straight sides, as with a book or a piece of paper. It is a hinge-like...

Google previewHumor of the Old Southwest (1994)

by Hennig Cohen, William B. Dillingham

Cockerell's Bend is a well-known rendezvous for the hunter and fisher of the Tallapoosa; and a beautiful place it is. The upper end of the curve is lake-like in its stillness, and is very deep; while a half mile below the river spreads itself to double ...

Google previewTechnical Rescue: Rope Rescue (2009)

Rope Rescue, Levels I and II by M. Matthews, Jeff Matthews

The double fisherman's bend is an inherently tight knot and therefore does not require a safety knot.

The water bend is a compressive knot and is extremely difficult to untie after loading. Many jurisdictions require a ...

Google previewThe Metal Worker, Plumber, and Steam Fitter (1913)

bend is a little harder to make by this method than a 4-in. one, however, owing to the smaller diameter of the pipe affording less room for an effective stroke with the dummy. Therefore the dummy method is not so fast as some others ...

Google previewThe Encyclopædia britannica (1910)

a dictionary of arts, sciences, literature and general information by Hugh Chisholm

The Bend is a band traversing the shield aslant, arms with one, two or three bends being common during the middle ages in England. Bendy shields follow the rule of shields paly and barry, but as many as ten pieces have been counted in ...

Google previewHarper's Magazine (1892)

by Henry Mills Alden, Lee Foster Hartman, Thomas Bucklin Wells

South Bend is a yearling, and where it rubs its juvenile eyes the map shows only the words Shoal water Bay, but that, being a libellous name, is now changed to Willapa Harbor. It is 57 miles north of Astoria, and is said to be a harbor of the first ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chisholm

The Bend is a band traversing the shield aslant, arms with one, two or three bends being common during the middle ages in England. Bendy shields follow the rule of shields paly and barry, but as many as ten pieces have been counted in ...

Google previewHarper's New Monthly Magazine (1892)

by Henry Mills Alden

South Bend is a yearling, and where it rubs its juvenile eyes the map shows only the words Shoalwater Bay, but that, being a libellous name,is now changed to VVillapa Harbor. It is 57 miles north of Astoria, and is said to be a harbor of the first ...

Google previewEnjoying Big Bend National Park (2009)

A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone by Gary Clark, Kathy Adams Clark

Big Bend is a rugged, remote place, isolated from any sizable town by a hundred miles. Neither cell phones nor pagers ...

Google previewWatkins Glen Racing (2008)

by Kirk W. House, Charles R. Mitchell

Big Bend is a long swing to the left and back again, but it also drops dramatically, as this image helps one understand. From this point, the driver descends to Franklin Street and lake level in well under a mile. Even at normal traveling speeds, ...

Google previewTheory of Nonuniform Waveguides (1998)

The Cross-section Method by B. Z. Katsenelenbaum

a waveguide bend is a tilt with a small angle. We start from a calculation of the fields of the waves scattered from this elementary tilt. Say that AA and BB are the two planes orthogonal to the axes of the corresponding waveguides connected ...

Google previewCincinnati, a Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors (1943)

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North Bend is the fourth-oldest community north of the Ohio River. Symmes calculated that its strategic location would make it the metropolis of the Ohio Valley. It is generally known that Symmes was wrong, and historians can give many ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

BEND, v. & n.") Sax. bent>an ; Fr. bander; Bender, >as Skinner thinks from Lat. Bent.* jpandare. To make crooked ; to crook; to inflect, or incline in a particular direction. The rainbow compasscth the heavens with a glorious circle, and the hands ...

Google previewThe Seaman's Manual, containing a treatise on practical seamanship, with plates; a dictionary of sea terms; customs and usages of the merchant service; laws relating to the practical duties of master and mariner (1851)

by Richard Henry DANA (Author of “Two Years before the Mast.”.), John Hoskins BROWN

nnnnmo AND UNBENDING suLs, nGES 26-30. To bend a.

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

bend the seat upon which a judge sits in court. However, the bench is also a collective noun used to denote judges and magistrates collectively. One can also have a bench mark, a surveyor's mark cut in something like a rock or the wall of a ...

Google previewFiber Optics Illustrated Dictionary (2002)

by J.K. Petersen

Bend Factors in Fiber Optic Lightguides Light is guided through a fiber optic cable through a process called total internal reflection (TIR) in which the outer cladding, which has a different refractive index from the inner conducting core (in this ...

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Quotes about Bend

Everything starts with yourself, with you making up your mind about what you're going to do with your life. I tell kids that it's a cruel world, and that the world will bend them either left or right, and it's up to them to decide which way to bend. (Tony Dorsett)
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Scrabble value of B3E1N1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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