bend

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: bend

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vn
form a curve
a circular segment of a curve
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n
diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: bend
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v form a curve

“The stick does not bend
Synonyms:
flex
Antonyms:
straighten, unbend
straighten up or out; make straight
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crook, curve
bend or cause to bend
arc, arch, curve
form an arch or curve
incurvate
bend inwards
replicate, retroflex
bend or turn backward
angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
to incline or bend from a vertical position
bow, crouch, stoop
bend one's back forward from the waist on down
double, double over, double up
bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
cower, crawl, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel
show submission or fear
curl, curl up, draw in
shape one's body into a curl
recurve
curve or bend (something) back or down
camber
curve upward in the middle
incline, pitch, slope
be at an angle
weather
cause to slope
heel, list
tilt to one side
lean back, recline
move the upper body backwards and down
squinch
crouch down
cower, huddle
crouch or curl up
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

bend the rod”
Synonyms:
deform, flex, turn, twist
Antonyms:
unbend
free from flexure
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dent, indent
make a depression into
incurvate
cause to curve inward
gnarl
twist into a state of deformity
crank
bend into the shape of a crank
convolute, convolve
curl, wind, or twist together
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest

Synonyms:
deflect, turn away
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v change direction

“The road bends
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v bend one's back forward from the waist on down

Synonyms:
bow, crouch, stoop
Types:
squinch
crouch down
cower, huddle
crouch or curl up
Type of:
flex
form a curve

v bend a joint

bend your knees”
Synonyms:
flex
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n a circular segment of a curve

“a bend in the road”
Synonyms:
crook, turn, twist
Types:
bight
a bend or curve (especially in a coastline)
Type of:
curve, curved shape
the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

n curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)

Synonyms:
curve
Types:
blind bend, blind curve
a curve or bend in the road that you cannot see around as you are driving
elbow
a sharp bend in a road or river
hairpin bend
a U-shaped bend in a road
Type of:
section, segment
one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

n movement that causes the formation of a curve

Synonyms:
bending
Types:
deflection, deflexion, refraction
the amount by which a propagating wave is bent
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

n an angular or rounded shape made by folding

“a bend of his elbow”
Synonyms:
crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication
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plait, pleat
any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
kink, twirl, twist
a sharp bend in a line produced when a line having a loop is pulled tight
pucker, ruck
an irregular fold in an otherwise even surface (as in cloth)
box pleat
a flat double pleat made by folding under the fabric on either side of it
inverted pleat
a box pleat reversed so that the fullness is turned inward
kick pleat
pleat in back of a straight skirt to allow ease in walking
knife pleat
a single pleat turned in one direction
tuck
a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
Type of:
angular shape, angularity
a shape having one or more sharp angles
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n diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left

Synonyms:
bend dexter
Type of:
ordinary
(heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
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