Synonyms for bending

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The whole rested on a golden image of Atlas, bending beneath the weight.

He took the hand which she extended and, bending over it, kissed it gallantly.

She smiled, but there was a hint of grimness in the bending of her lips.

He turned the car toward the suburbs, and then, bending toward her, smiled into her eyes.

No breath of air stirred the foliage or the bending rushes in the swale.

"You need fear nothing from these Indians," I said, bending over him.

He swung it back and forth, bending his knees and turning his body.

They stood at the desk, teacher and scholar, Howard bending over his slate.

David was bending to kiss her, but he stopped midway, and his arm fell.

In the dory the skipper, bending at his oars, was not two yards astern.

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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