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noun 
  1. A curve.
    • There's a sharp in the road ahead.
      1. (nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
        1. (context, in plural, medicine, diving) (the bends) A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
      2. A diver who stays deep for too long must ascend very slowly in order to prevent the bends.
        1. (heraldry) One of the honourable ordinary, ordinaries formed by two diagonal lines drawn from the dexter chief to the sinister base; it generally occupies a fifth part of the shield if uncharged, but if charged one third.
    verb (bends, bending, bent)
    1. (transitive) To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
      • If you the pipe too far, it will break.
      • Don"t your knees.
        1. (context, transitive, nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
      • Bend the sail to the yard.
        1. (context, transitive, music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
      • You should the G sligthly sharp in the next measure.
        1. (context, intransitive, nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
        2. (intransitive) To become curved.
      • Look at the trees bending in the wind.
      • To bow properly, at the waist.
        1. (intransitive) To change direction.
      • The road bends to the right

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