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Bend vs Dented - What's the difference?

bend | dented |

As verbs the difference between bend and dented

is that bend is to cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means while dented is (dent).

As a noun bend

is a curve.




  • 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.
    Don’t bend your knees.
  • To become curved.
  • Look at the trees bending in the wind.
  • To cause to change direction.
  • * Milton
  • Bend thine ear to supplication.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Towards Coventry bend we our course.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • bending her eyes upon her parent
  • To change direction.
  • The road bends to the right
  • To be inclined; to direct itself.
  • * Milton
  • to whom our vows and wishes bend
  • To stoop.
  • He bent down to pick up the pieces.
  • To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
  • * Coleridge
  • Each to his great Father bends .
  • To force to submit.
  • They bent me to their will.
  • * Shakespeare
  • except she bend her humour
  • To submit.
  • I am bending to my desire to eat junk food.
  • To apply to a task or purpose.
  • He bent the company's resources to gaining market share.
  • * Temple
  • to bend his mind to any public business
  • * Alexander Pope
  • when to mischief mortals bend their will
  • To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
  • He bent to the goal of gaining market share.
  • 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.
  • Bend the sail to the yard.
  • (music) To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
  • You should bend the G slightly sharp in the next measure.
  • (nautical) To swing the body when rowing.
  • Derived terms

    * 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


    (en noun)
  • A curve.
  • * 1968 , (Johnny Cash),
  • I hear the train a comin'/It's rolling round the bend
  • * , chapter=1
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.}}
  • (nautical) Any of the various knots which join the ends of two lines.
  • (Totten)
  • 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.
  • * Fletcher
  • Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend .
  • 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.
  • the midship bends

    Derived terms

    * around the bend * bend sinister * bendlet * bendsome * bendy * drive somebody round the bend * in bend * sheet bend * string bend






  • (dent)
  • Anagrams




    Etymology 1

    (etyl) . More at dint.


    (en noun)
  • A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact.
  • The crash produced a dent in the left side of the car.
  • (by extension, informal) A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action
  • That purchase put a bit of a dent in my wallet.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=April 11 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Liverpool 3 - 0 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Andy Carroll's first goals since his £35m move to Liverpool put a dent in Manchester City's Champions League hopes as they were emphatically swept aside at Anfield.}}


    (en verb)
  • To impact something, producing a dent.
  • To develop a dent or dents.
  • ''Copper is soft and dents easily.

    Etymology 2

    (etyl), from (etyl) dens, dentis, tooth. See tooth.


    (en noun)
  • (engineering) A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.
  • (Knight)


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