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Definition of bend:

  1. A band.
  2. A knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to an anchor, spar, or post.
  3. 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.
  4. Hard, indurated clay; bind.
  5. 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.
  6. same as caisson disease. Usually referred to as the bends.
  7. The best quality of sole leather; a butt. See Butt.
  8. To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
  9. To be inclined; to be directed.
  10. To be moved or strained out of a straight line; to crook or be curving; to bow.
  11. To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
  12. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
  13. 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.
  14. To jut over; to overhang.
  15. 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.
  16. To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.
  17. Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.


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