- A curve.
- There's a sharp in the road ahead.
- (nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
- (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.
- A diver who stays deep for too long must ascend very slowly in order to prevent the bends.
- (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.
- Dutch: (t, nl, verbindingsknoop, m)
verb (bends, bending, bent)
- Finnish: kytky(fi)
- German: Kurve(de)f
- (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.
- (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.
- (context, transitive, music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
- You should the G sligthly sharp in the next measure.
- (context, intransitive, nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
- (intransitive) To become curved.
- Look at the trees bending in the wind.
- To bow properly, at the waist.
- (intransitive) To change direction.
- The road bends to the right
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