|—vb , bends, bending, bent|
|1.||to form or cause to form a curve, as by pushing or pulling|
|2.||to turn or cause to turn from a particular direction: the road bends left past the church|
|4.||to submit or cause to submit: to bend before superior force|
|5.||(tr) to turn or direct (one's eyes, steps, attention, etc)|
|6.||(tr) to concentrate (the mind); apply oneself closely|
|7.||(tr) nautical to attach or fasten, as a sail to a boom or a line to a cleat|
|8.||informal bend over backwards to make a special effort, esp in order to please: he bends over backwards to accommodate his customers|
|9.||informal bend someone's ear to speak at length to an unwilling listener, esp to voice one's troubles|
|10.||informal bend the rules to ignore rules or change them to suit one's own convenience|
|11.||a curved part, as in a road or river|
|12.||nautical a knot or eye in a line for joining it to another or to an object|
|13.||the act or state of bending|
|14.||slang (Brit) round the bend mad; crazy; eccentric|
|[Old English bendan; related to Old Norse benda, Middle High German benden; see |
v. bent (běnt), bend·ing, bends
To incline the body; stoop.
city, seat (1916) of Deschutes county, central Oregon, U.S. It lies along the Deschutes River, in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range (west), and is bordered by Pilot Butte (east). Laid out in 1904, the community grew after the Deschutes Irrigation and Power Company opened farmland for settlement in 1909. Vast timber resources influenced a railroad boom (1911), sawmills were built, and wood industries developed. Bend is now the headquarters for the Deschutes National Forest and is a centre for tourism because of its proximity to lakes, lava beds, caves, and mountain and ski resorts. Central Oregon Community College was established there in 1949. Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which includes the 6,200-foot- (1,890-metre-) long Lava River Cave, is 12.5 miles (20 km) south of the city. Inc. 1904. Pop. (1990) 20,469; (2000) 52,029.
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