Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
  2. (noun, artifact) diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
  3. (noun, event) movement that causes the formation of a curve
  4. (noun, location) a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
  5. (noun, shape) a circular segment of a curve
    a crook in the path
  6. (noun, shape) an angular or rounded shape made by folding
    a crease in his trousers
    a plication on her blouse
    a flexure of the colon
    a bend of his elbow
  7. (verb, contact) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    twist the dough into a braid
    the strong man could turn an iron bar
  8. (verb, contact) bend a joint
    bend your knees
  9. (verb, motion) change direction
  10. (verb, motion) turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
  11. (verb, motion) form a curve
  12. (verb, motion) bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    She bowed before the Queen
    The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Bend

straighten, unbend

Origin of the word Bend

  1. O.E. bendan "to confine with a string," causative of bindan "to bind," from P.Gmc. base *band- "string, band" (cf. O.N. benda "to join, strain, strive, bend"), from PIE base *bhendh- (cf. Goth. bindan, O.H.G. bintan, Skt. badhnati "binds," Lith. bendras "partner;" O.Pers. bandaka- "subject"). Modern sense (ea… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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