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v. bent (bĕnt), bend·ing, bends
a. To cause to assume a curved or angular shape: bend a piece of iron into a horseshoe.
b. To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.
c. To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose: "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events" (Robert F. Kennedy).
d. To misrepresent; distort: bend the truth.
e. To relax or make an exception to: bend a rule to allow more members into the club.
2. To cause to swerve from a straight line; deflect: Light is bent as it passes through water.
3. To render submissive; subdue: "[His] words so often bewitched crowds and bent them to his will" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
4. To apply (the mind) closely: "The weary naval officer goes to bed at night having bent his brain all day to a scheme of victory" (Jack Beatty).
5. Nautical To fasten: bend a mainsail onto the boom.
a. To deviate from a straight line or position: The lane bends to the right at the bridge.
b. To assume a curved, crooked, or angular form or direction: The saplings bent in the wind.
2. To incline the body; stoop.
3. To make a concession; yield.
4. To apply oneself closely; concentrate: She bent to her task.
a. The act or fact of bending.
b. The state of being bent.
2. Something bent: a bend in the road.
3. bends Nautical The thick planks in a ship's side; wales.
4. bends(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Decompression sickness. Used with the.
around the bend Slang
Mentally deranged; crazy.
bend (one's) elbow Slang
To drink alcoholic beverages.
bend out of shape Slang
To annoy or anger.
bend/lean over backward
To make an effort greater than is required.
bend (someone's) ear Slang
To talk to at length, usually excessively.
[Middle English benden, from Old English bendan; see bhendh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. Heraldry A band passing from the upper dexter corner of an escutcheon to the lower sinister corner.
2. Nautical A knot that joins a rope to a rope or another object.
[Middle English, from Old English bend, band, and from Old French bende, bande, band (of Germanic origin; see bhendh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
A city of central Oregon on the Deschutes River in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range.
- As crooked as a corkscrew —George Kaufman and Moss Hart
- As crooked as a dog’s elbow —F. T. Elworthy
- As crooked as a ram’s horn —Charles Caleb Colton
- Bending from the waist as if he was going to close up like a jackknife —John Dos Passos
- Bend like a finger joint —Charles Wright
- Bend like sheets of tin —Palmer Cox
- Bends with her laugh … like a rubber stick being shaken —Alice McDermott
- Bent as a country lane —John Wainwright
- Bent double like a tree in a high wind —Caryl Phillips
- Bent down like violets after rain —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
- Bent like a birch ice-laden —James Agee
- Bent like a bow —Aharon Megged
A variation on the bent bow image from William Mcllvanney’s novel, Laidlow: “Arching his body like a bow.”
- Bent like a broken flower —Algernon Charles Swinburne
- Bent like a rainbow —Robert Southey
Another way to express this image is to be “Bent like a rainbow arch.”
- Bent … like a soldier at the approach of an assault —Victor Hugo
- Bent like a wishbone —William Kennedy
- Bent slightly like a man who has been shot but continues to stand —Flannery O’Connor
- (The headwaiter) bowed like a poppy in the breeze —Ogden Nash
- Bows down like a willow tree in a storm —Erich Maria Remarque
- Coiled like a fetus —William H. Gass
A variation by Derek Lambert:“Curled up like a bulky fetus.”
- Coiled up like the letter ‘S’ —Damon Runyon
- Crooked like a comma —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- Curled himself like a comma into the waiting cab —William H. Hallhan
- Curled like a ball —Sterling Hayden
- Curled up in a ball like a wet puppy —Amos Oz
- Curled up [in sleeping position] like a fist around an egg —Leonard Michaels
- Curled up like a gun-dog —Colette
- (Bent over your books) curled up like a porcupine with a bellyache —Marge Piercy
- Curled up like fried bacon —Anon
- Curling up like a small animal —Nina Bawden
- Curling up like burning cardboard —Lawrence Durrell
- [A cat] curls up like a dormer mouse —Jayne Anne Phillips
- Drooped like a flower in the frost —John Greenleaf Whittier
- Folded over like a ruler from the waist —William H. Gass
- Folded up, like a marionette with cheap wooden hinges, and sat down —Graham Masterton
- (Never will I be) gibbous like the moon —Diane Ackerman
- Lean forward like firemen pulling a hose —Miller Williams
- Tilting like a paper cutout —Susan Minot
- Twisted as an old paint tube —Fannie Hurst
- A very old lady, her back curved over like a snail’s —Daphne Merkin
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|Noun||1.||bending - movement that causes the formation of a curve|
|2.||bending - the property of being bent or deflected|
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
|3.||bending - the act of bending something |
change of shape - an action that changes the shape of something
flexion, flexure - act of bending a joint; especially a joint between the bones of a limb so that the angle between them is decreased
crouch - the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
hunch - the act of bending yourself into a humped position
incurvation - the action of creating a curved shape