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bending


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bend  \Bend\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bended}  or  {Bent};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Bending}.]  [AS.  bendan  to  bend,  fr  bend  a  band, 
  bond,  fr  bindan  to  bind.  See  {Bind},  v.  t.,  and  cf  3d  &  4th 
  {Bend}.] 
  1.  To  strain  or  move  out  of  a  straight  line  to  crook  by 
  straining;  to  make  crooked;  to  curve;  to  make  ready  for 
  use  by  drawing  into  a  curve;  as  to  bend  a  bow;  to  bend 
  the  knee. 
 
  2.  To  turn  toward  some  certain  point;  to  direct;  to  incline. 
  ``Bend  thine  ear  to  supplication.''  --Milton. 
 
  Towards  Coventry  bend  we  our  course.  --Shak. 
 
  Bending  her  eyes  .  .  .  upon  her  parent.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  3.  To  apply  closely  or  with  interest;  to  direct. 
 
  To  bend  his  mind  to  any  public  business.  --Temple. 
 
  But  when  to  mischief  mortals  bend  their  will 
  --Pope. 
 
  4.  To  cause  to  yield;  to  render  submissive;  to  subdue. 
  ``Except  she  bend  her  humor.''  --Shak. 
 
  5.  (Naut.)  To  fasten,  as  one  rope  to  another,  or  as  a  sail  to 
  its  yard  or  stay;  or  as  a  cable  to  the  ring  of  an  anchor. 
  --Totten. 
 
  {To  bend  the  brow},  to  knit  the  brow,  as  in  deep  thought  or 
  in  anger;  to  scowl;  to  frown.  --Camden. 
 
  Syn:  To  lean;  stoop;  deflect;  bow;  yield. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bending  \Bend"ing\,  n. 
  The  marking  of  the  clothes  with  stripes  or  horizontal  bands. 
  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bending 
  adj  :  not  remaining  rigid  or  straight;  "tried  to  support  his 
  weight  on  a  bending  cane" 
  n  1:  movement  that  causes  the  formation  of  a  curve  [syn:  {bend}] 
  2:  the  property  of  being  bent  or  deflected  [syn:  {deflection}, 
  {deflexion}] 
  3:  the  act  of  bending  something  [syn:  {bend},  {flex},  {flexion}, 
  {flection},  {inflection}] 




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