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Noun: bends  bendz
  1. Pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
    - decompression sickness, aeroembolism, air embolism, gas embolism, caisson disease, the bends
Noun: bend  bend
  1. A circular segment of a curve
    "a bend in the road";
    - crook, twist, turn
     
  2. Movement that causes the formation of a curve
    - bending
     
  3. Curved segment (of a road, river or railway track etc.)
    - curve
     
  4. An angular or rounded shape made by folding
    "a bend of his elbow";
    - fold, crease, plication, flexure, crimp
     
  5. Diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
    - bend dexter
Verb: bend (bent)  bend
  1. Form a curve
    "The stick does not bend";
    - flex
     
  2. Change direction
    "The road bends"
     
  3. Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    "bend the rod";
    - flex, deform, twist, turn
     
  4. Bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    "he bent down";
    - crouch, stoop, bow[2], scrooch [US]
     
  5. Turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
    - deflect, turn away
     
  6. Bend a joint
    "bend your knees";
    - flex
     
  7. Interpret or modify (a rule) to fit what one wants to do
    "he often bends the rules"
     
  8. (music) smoothly change the pitch of a note

Type of: angular shape, angularity, change form, change shape, curve, curved shape, deform, illness, malady, motion, move, movement, ordinary, section, segment, sickness, turn, unwellness

Antonym: straighten, unbend

Part of: road, route

Encyclopedia: Bends

Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area