in bend


2 [bend]
a diagonal band extending from the dexter chief of an escutcheon to the sinister base. Compare bend sinister.
in bend, (of a charge) set diagonally or in a diagonal row.
Tanning. half of a trimmed butt or hide.

before 1000; Middle English: coalescence of Old English bend band (see band3) and Middle French bende band2 Unabridged
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bend1 (bɛnd)
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
3.  (intr; often foll by down, etc) to incline the body; stoop; bow
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 bind, band³]

bend2 (bɛnd)
heraldry an ordinary consisting of a diagonal line traversing a shield
[Old English bendband²; see bend1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bendan "to confine with a string," causative of bindan "to bind," from P.Gmc. base *band- "string, band" (cf. O.N. benda "to join, strain, strive, bend"), from PIE base *bhendh- (cf. Goth. bindan, O.H.G. bintan, Skt. badhnati "binds," Lith. bendras "partner;" O.Pers. bandaka- "subject"). Modern
sense (early 14c.) is via notion of bending a bow to string it. Cognate with band, bind, and bond. The noun meaning "thing of bent shape" is from c.1600. The bends "decompression pain" first attested 1894.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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