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English noun: bend

1. bend (shape) a circular segment of a curve

SamplesA bend in the road.
A crook in the path.

Synonymscrook, turn, twist

Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

Narrower (hyponym)bight

2. bend (event) movement that causes the formation of a curve


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

Narrower (hyponym)deflection, deflexion, refraction

3. bend (artifact) curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)


Broader (hypernym)section, segment

Narrower (hyponym)blind bend, blind curve, elbow, hairpin bend

Part meronymroad, route

Domain categoryriver

4. bend (shape) an angular or rounded shape made by folding

SamplesA fold in the napkin.
A crease in his trousers.
A plication on her blouse.
A flexure of the colon.
A bend of his elbow.

Synonymscrease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication

Broader (hypernym)angular shape, angularity

Narrower (hyponym)kink, plait, pleat, pucker, ruck, twirl, twist

5. Bend (location) a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range

Instance hypernymtown

Part meronymBeaver State, OR, Oregon

6. bend (artifact) diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left

Synonymsbend dexter

Broader (hypernym)ordinary

English verb: bend

1. bend (motion) form a curve

SamplesThe stick does not bend.

ExamplesThe glass tubes bend


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

Narrower (hyponym)angle, arc, arch, bend, bow, cower, crawl, creep, cringe, crook, crouch, curl, curl up, curve, curve, double, double over, double up, draw in, fawn, grovel, incurvate, lean, replicate, retroflex, slant, stoop, tilt, tip

Antonymsstraighten, unbend

2. bend (motion) change direction

SamplesThe road bends.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)turn

3. bend (contact) cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

SamplesBend the rod.
Twist the dough into a braid.
The strong man could turn an iron bar.

ExamplesThey bend the glass tubes

Synonymsdeform, flex, turn, twist

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change form, change shape, deform

Narrower (hyponym)convolute, convolve, crank, dent, gnarl, incurvate, indent


4. bend (motion) bend one's back forward from the waist on down

SamplesHe crouched down.
She bowed before the Queen.
The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse.

Synonymsbow, crouch, stoop

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)bend, flex

Narrower (hyponym)cower, huddle, squinch

Entailchange posture

5. bend (motion) turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest

Synonymsdeflect, turn away

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)turn

6. bend (contact) bend a joint

SamplesFlex your wrists.
Bend your knees.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

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