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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEND

Everywhere we see the vine, and with every bend we seem nearer the South.

A compact little group of men rounded the bend and approached.

Here she anchored again, just round a bend of the river, and lay there for the night.

He rounded a bend of the road, and came full upon a remarkable vision.

It was fair, and so long that when standing up she could tread on it and bend her head forward.

They dangle not down like spindles, but hang stiff and bend at the elbow.

I cannot bend to Ormond, sir: to any body but him—any thing but that—my pride cannot stoop to that.

Of course, all these delays were calculated to discourage him and bend his will.

Pee-wee could see the imposing procession as far down as the bend.

Yet, it is my opinion, that you must bend a little; for he cannot bear to be thought slightly of.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bendan "to bend a bow; confine with a string, fetter," causative of bindan "to bind," from Proto-Germanic base *band- "string, band" (cf. Old Norse benda "to join, strain, strive, bend"), from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (cf. Gothic bindan, Old High German bintan, Sanskrit badhnati "binds," Lithuanian bendras "partner;" Old Persian bandaka- "subject").

Modern sense (early 14c.) is via notion of bending a bow to string it. Cognate with band, bind, and bond. Related: Bended; bent; bending.

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