"bends" in the noun sense
1. bend, crook, twist, turn
a circular segment of a curve
"a bend in the road"
"a crook in the path"
2. bending, bend
movement that causes the formation of a curve
3. bend, curve
curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
4. fold, crease, plication, flexure, crimp, bend
an angular or rounded shape made by folding
"a fold in the napkin"
"a crease in his trousers"
"a plication on her blouse"
"a flexure of the colon"
"a bend of his elbow"
a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
6. bend, bend dexter
diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left
"bends" in the verb sense
1. bend, flex
form a curve
"The stick does not bend"
"The road bends"
3. flex, bend, deform, twist, turn
cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
"bend the rod"
"twist the dough into a braid"
"the strong man could turn an iron bar"
4. crouch, stoop, bend, bow
bend one's back forward from the waist on down
"he crouched down"
"She bowed before the Queen"
"The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
5. deflect, bend, turn away
turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
6. flex, bend
bend a joint
"flex your wrists"
"bend your knees"
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