Commissioner Roger Goodell made Vick come on bended knee to apply for reinstatement.
And, of course, Hitchcock, to whom the filmmakers practically got down on bended knee.
The barbarians come, not wielding a rubber chicken, but on bended knee with a proffered rose.
He begged us on his bended knees to marry, though I don't know how you know him.
The closing words were uttered on bended knees, and with uplifted hands.
If I should sue to you upon my bended knees to be mine, Bernardine, would you not turn from him for me?
The wind and the rain beat on Minister Malden's bended back.
They struck him on the head with a reed and spat on him, and on bended knee paid homage to him.
Father Petre, on bended knees, seconded these remonstrances.
For with us in France it has ever been fair and honest war—a shut fist for the man, but a bended knee for the woman.
Old English bendan "to bend a bow; confine with a string, fetter," causative of bindan "to bind," from Proto-Germanic base *band- "string, band" (cf. Old Norse benda "to join, strain, strive, bend"), from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (cf. Gothic bindan, Old High German bintan, Sanskrit badhnati "binds," Lithuanian bendras "partner;" Old Persian bandaka- "subject").
Modern sense (early 14c.) is via notion of bending a bow to string it. Cognate with band, bind, and bond. Related: Bended; bent; bending.
"a bending or curving," 1590s; "thing of bent shape," c.1600, from bend (v.). Earlier "act of drawing a bow" (mid-15c.). The bends "decompression pain" first attested 1894.
"broad diagonal band in a coat-of-arms, etc.," c.1400, from earlier sense of "thin, flat strap for wrapping round," from Old English bend "fetter, shackle, chain," from PIE *bhendh- (see bend (v.)).
v. bent (běnt), bend·ing, bends
To incline the body; stoop.