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[bend] /bɛnd/
noun
1.
Heraldry.
  1. a diagonal band extending from the dexter chief of an escutcheon to the sinister base.
    Compare bend sinister.
  2. in bend, (of a charge) set diagonally or in a diagonal row.
2.
Tanning. half of a trimmed butt or hide.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English: coalescence of Old English bend band (see band3) and Middle French bende band2
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British Dictionary definitions for in bend

bend1

/bɛnd/
verb 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
3.
(intransitive; often foll by down, etc) to incline the body; stoop; bow
4.
to submit or cause to submit: to bend before superior force
5.
(transitive) to turn or direct (one's eyes, steps, attention, etc)
6.
(transitive) to concentrate (the mind); apply oneself closely
7.
(transitive) (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
noun
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.
(Brit, slang) round the bend, mad; crazy; eccentric
See also bends
Derived Forms
bendable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English bendan; related to Old Norse benda, Middle High German benden; see bind, band³

bend2

/bɛnd/
noun
1.
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a diagonal line traversing a shield
Word Origin
Old English bendband²; see bend1
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Word Origin and History for in bend

bend

v.

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.

n.

"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.)).

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in bend in Medicine

bend (běnd)
v. bent (běnt), bend·ing, bends
To incline the body; stoop.

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Slang definitions & phrases for in bend

bend

noun

bender (1870s+)

verb

To slur a note: They alter pitch and they call it ''bending'' (1940s+ Jazz musicians)

Related Terms

around the bend


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Idioms and Phrases with in bend
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Encyclopedia Article for in bend

Bend

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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