the general course or prevailing tendency; drift: trends in the teaching of foreign languages; the trend of events.
style or vogue: the new trend in women's apparel.
the general direction followed by a road, river, coastline, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to have a general tendency, as events, conditions, etc.
to tend to take a particular direction; extend in some direction indicated.
to emerge as a popular trend; be currently popular: trending topics on the Internet; words that have trended this year.
to veer or turn off in a specified direction, as a river, mountain range, etc.: The river trends toward the southeast.

before 1000; Middle English trenden to turn, roll, Old English trendan; akin to Old English trinde ball, Dutch trent circumference, Swedish trind round. See trindle, trundle

countertrend, noun
subtrend, noun

1. See tendency. 5. stretch, run, incline. Unabridged
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trend (trɛnd)
1.  general tendency or direction
2.  fashion; mode
3.  (intr) to take a certain trend
[Old English trendan to turn; related to Middle Low German trenden]

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Word Origin & History

1598, "to run or bend in a certain direction" (of rivers, coasts, etc.), from M.E. trenden "to roll about, turn, revolve," from O.E. trendan, from P.Gmc. *trandijanan (cf. O.E. trinde "round lump, ball," O.Fris. trind, M.L.G. trint "round," M.L.G. trent "ring, boundary," Du. trent "circumference," Dan.
trind "round"); origin and connections outside Gmc. uncertain. Sense of "have a general tendency" (used of events, opinions, etc.) is first recorded 1863, from the nautical sense. The noun meaning "the way something bends" (coastline, mountain range, etc.) is recorded from 1777; sense of "general tendency" is from 1884. Trend-setter first attested 1960; trendy is from 1962.
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Example sentences
Perhaps the current trend of many chess professionals taking up the more
  lucrative pastime of poker is not a wholly negative one.
Almost before this page comes from the printer, the trend may quite likely
Walker's wild appeal against the trend of the times showed how the world was
  changing after the coming of the cotton-gin.
Armed with such logic, a coalition of the hopeful is trying to buck the rude
  trend, even to reverse it.
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