Bend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bended or Bent p. pr. & vb. n. Bending.]
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.”
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.”
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.
To bend the brow, to knit the brow, as in deep thought or in anger; to scowl; to frown.
Syn: -- To lean; stoop; deflect; bow; yield.
Bend·ing, n. The marking of the clothes with stripes or horizontal bands. [Obs.]
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,
3: the act of bending something