To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst
- Powder rends a rock in blasting.
* 1610 , , act 1 scene 2
- Lightning rends an oak.
* 1970 , Alvin Toffler, Future Shock'', ''Bantam Books , pg. 317:
- If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an oak / And peg thee in his knotty entrails till / Thou hast howl'd away twelve winters.
To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
- We are most vulnerable now to the messages of the new subcults, to the claims and counterclaims that rend the air.
- Relationships may rend if tempers flare.
- Rending of garments for shiva is a Jewish tradition.
To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
- If you bend the pipe too far, it will break.
To become curved.
- Don’t bend your knees.
To cause to change direction.
- Look at the trees bending in the wind.
- Bend thine ear to supplication.
* Sir Walter Scott
- Towards Coventry bend we our course.
To change direction.
- bending her eyes upon her parent
To be inclined; to direct itself.
- The road bends to the right
- to whom our vows and wishes bend
To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
- He bent down to pick up the pieces.
To force to submit.
- Each to his great Father bends .
- They bent me to their will.
- except she bend her humour
To apply to a task or purpose.
- I am bending to my desire to eat junk food.
- He bent the company's resources to gaining market share.
* Alexander Pope
- to bend his mind to any public business
To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
- when to mischief mortals bend their will
To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
(nautical) To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
- He bent to the goal of gaining market share.
(music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
- Bend the sail to the yard.
(nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
- You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.
* bend down
* bend over
* bend over backwards
* bend somebody's ear
* on bended knee
* bend one's elbow
* bend out of shape
* bend the truth
* 1968 , (Johnny Cash),
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- I hear the train a comin'/It's rolling round the bend
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(nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
A severe condition caused by excessively quick decompression, causing bubbles of nitrogen to form in the blood; decompression sickness.
(heraldiccharge) One of the honourable 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.
(obsolete) Turn; purpose; inclination; ends.
In the leather trade, the best quality of sole leather; a butt.
(mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
(nautical, in the plural) The thickest and strongest planks in a ship's sides, more generally called wales, which have the beams, knees, and futtocks bolted to them.
(nautical, in the plural) The frames or ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of the sides.
- Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend .
- the midship bends
* around the bend
* bend sinister
* drive somebody round the bend
* in bend
* sheet bend
* string bend