A bend in a river



  • To cause (something) to change its shape into a curve, by physical force, chemical action, or any other means.
  • To become curved.
  • To cause to change direction.
  • To change direction.
  • To be inclined; to direct itself.
  • To stoop.
  • To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
  • To force to submit.
  • To submit.
  • To apply to a task or purpose.
  • To apply oneself to a task or purpose.
  • To adapt or interpret to for a purpose or beneficiary.
  • To tie, as in securing a line to a cleat; to shackle a chain to an anchor; make fast.
  • To smoothly change the pitch of a note.
  • To swing the body when rowing.



  • From Middle English benden, from Old English bendan, from Proto-West Germanic *bandijan, from Proto-Germanic *bandijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ-. Cognate with Middle High German benden, Danish bænde, Norwegian bende, Faroese benda, Icelandic benda. Related to band, bond.

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