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
To tie; to confine by any ligature.
* (rfdate) (Shakespeare)
To cohere or stick together in a mass.
- They that reap must sheaf and bind .
* (rfdate) (Mortimer)
- ''Just to make the cheese more binding
To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
- clay binds by heat.
To exert a binding or restraining influence.
- I wish I knew why the sewing machine binds up after I use it for a while.
To tie or fasten tightly together, with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.
- These are the ties that bind .
To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind.
- to bind''' grain in bundles; to '''bind a prisoner.
- Gravity binds the planets to the sun.
* (rfdate) Job xxviii. 11.
- Frost binds the earth.
* (rfdate) Luke xiii. 16.
- He bindeth the floods from overflowing.
(figuratively) To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other social tie.
- Whom Satan hath bound , lo, these eighteen years.
* (rfdate) (Milton)
- to bind''' the conscience; to '''bind''' by kindness; '''bound''' by affection; commerce '''binds nations to each other.
(legal) To put (a person) under definite legal obligations, especially, under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
(legal) To place under legal obligation to serve.
- Who made our laws to bind us, not himself.
To protect or strengthen by applying a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
(archaic) To make fast (a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something.
- to bind''' an apprentice; '''bound out to service
- to bind a belt about one
(archaic) To cover, as with a bandage.
- to bind a compress upon a wound.
(archaic) To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action.
- to bind up a wound.
To put together in a cover, as of books.
- certain drugs bind the bowels.
(computing) To associate an identifier with a value; to associate a variable name, method name, etc. with the content of a storage location.
* 2008 , Bryan O'Sullivan, John Goerzen, Donald Bruce Stewart, Real World Haskell (page 33)
- The three novels were bound together.
* 2009 , Robert Pickering, Beginning F# (page 123)
- We bind the variable
n to the value
- You can bind an identifier to an object of a derived type, as you did earlier when you bound a string to an identifier of type
* fetter, make fast, tie, fasten, restrain
* bandage, dress
* restrain, restrict, obligate
* bind over - to put under bonds to do something, as to appear at court, to keep the peace, etc.
* bind to - to contract; as, to bind one's self to a wife.
* bind up in - to cause to be wholly engrossed with; to absorb in.
That which binds or ties.
A troublesome situation; a problem; a predicament or quandary.
Any twining or climbing plant or stem, especially a hop vine; a bine.
(music) A ligature or tie for grouping notes.
(chess) A strong grip or stranglehold on a position that is difficult for the opponent to break.
- the Maróczy Bind
* See also