• Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them
    Bending Boards into Shape after Boiling Them
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bending the act of bending something
    • n bending the property of being bent or deflected
    • n bending movement that causes the formation of a curve
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Common Bend Common Bend
Blazing the trail by bending down and breaking branches Blazing the trail by bending down and breaking branches
Boat Knot.  Sheet bend and Toggle. Clove Hitch  Half Hitch  Timber Hitch Boat Knot. Sheet bend and Toggle. Clove Hitch Half Hitch Timber Hitch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana
    • n Bending The marking of the clothes with stripes or horizontal bands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Back in 1924, a monkey was convicted in South Bend of the crime of smoking a cigarette and sentenced to pay a 25 dollar fine and the trial costs.
    • n bending The act of causing to bend, or the state of being bent or deflected; a deflection.
    • n bending Decoration (of clothes) with stripes or horizontal bands.
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  • Aesop
    “The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”
  • Bruce Lee
    “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Better bend than break.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.”
  • William Congreve
    “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”


Bend over backwards - If someone bends over backwards, they do everything they can to help someone.
Bend someone's ear - To bend someone's ear is to talk to someone about something for a long-enough period that it becomes tiresome for the listener.
Round the bend - If someone has gone round the bend, they have stopped being rational about something. If something drives you round the bend, it irritates you or makes you angry.


In literature:

The Big Business Man sat staring steadily at the ring, bending nearer to it occasionally.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Heaven must bend to earth before earth can rise to heaven.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Not a word was spoken till they reached the bend of the brook over which hung the birch-tree.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
Otherwise the whole limb will harden into a straight and unbendable condition, worse than its original bend.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The main work was on a bluff about a hundred feet high, at a bend commanding the river below.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
A friend of hers, an Italian in The Bend, had hired the undertaker to "do it proper," and Nigger Martha was to have a funeral.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
I came to myself on the broad divan and found Elza bending over me.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Swiftly we whirled around a bend, and there we were right on top of the dreadful canyon.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The strong form of the lawyer was bending over her.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The vanguard, stumbling around a bend of the road, stumbled upon a Federal ambush, horse and foot.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
His arms were tired and stiff and his head was reeling, but he bravely worked at the paddle until he reached a bend of the river.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
Then each and all they strongly bend their bows into a curve and pull shafts from their quivers.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
Decumbent: bending down at tip from an upright base.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
He floated down stream from bend to bend, carried along as easily as in the full run of time.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
The man turned from the window, his big, deep-set eyes upon her, and, bending, kissed her fondly.
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
He reached a bend of the line where a post stood on a broken pitch that was almost a precipice.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
The first to see the new-comer was Billy Seton; the rest were bending over the tracks which Dick's bicycle had just made.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
Peggy had preceded her by a few moments, and was now bending over her portmanteau.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
They reached the depot just as the train swept round the bend of the road.
"Kidnapped at the Altar" by Laura Jean Libbey
There's going to be a town on the Bend, sir.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates

In poetry:

Yet Jesus pray'd—and earth receiv'd
Her Maker's bended knee;
Gethsemane resounds the cry,
The groan of agony!
"On Being Asked the Necessity of Prayer" by Caroline Fry
Now to the sea extending,
Sol throws his sinking rays,
While o'er the ocean bending,
The drooping willow plays.
"Evening" by Charlotte Dacre
So she bends her will to learn
Patience high and heavenly mirth,
That her soldier may return
To his own hearth.
"The Widow" by Katharine Tynan
Now that the sun is gleaming bright,
Implore we, bending low,
That He, the uncreated Light
May guide us as we go.
"Now That The Sun Is Gleaming Bright" by Augusta Treverorum
Holy Father, hear my cry;
Holy Savior, bend Thine ear;
Holy Spirit, come Thou nigh;
Father, Savior, Spirit, hear.
"Holy Father, Hear My Cry" by Horatius Bonar
I watched it swaying and bending,
As if a fairy's hand
Had lightly touched it in passing
To her home in fairyland.
"The Painter And The Fairy" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

(South Bend Tribune/GREG SWIERCZ October 23, 2012 ).
MARGARET FOSMOE South Bend Tribune South Bend Tribune.
Nathan Hovekamp, candidate for Bend representative, began general election canvassing Saturday.
Per capita income dipped in Bend in '09.
8175 Big Bend Blvd Ste 101, Saint Louis, MO 63119.
Today we could hear from the defense in the trial of the South Bend grandmother accused of neglect in the death of her grandson.
Testimony resumed Monday morning in the trial for Dellia Castile , a South Bend grandmother accused of not reporting abuse that led to her grandson's death.
Trial starts this week in South Bend courtroom.
She was born Feb 6, 1937, at Clover Bend, Ark.
Gladys Irene Blevins Caudle Barker, of East Bend passed away Thursday, Aug 30, 2012, at her home.
Downtown Bend parade will honor Olympic gold medalist today at 1 p.m. Center of attention .
Buju Banton 'Til It Bend Too Bad.
Bending over the backs of the North Georgia mountains, before sinking down the eastern edge of Alabama through Florida's spring-fed swamps, the Chattahoochee River forms the spine of three Southern states.
When bending sheet metal, three terms apply to the radius of the bend: sharp, radius, and profound.
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In science:

The difficulty is that there is a different dependence in scale on the parameters ǫ and N in the middle of the chain and at the ends of the chain. A rough estimate indicates the existence of a zone of length √N at the ends of the chain with the typical bending over of the average hyi i.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
The models are planar, so any bending of the surface will broaden the profile compared with the model profiles.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
Because the strength of relativistic light bending due to the gravity of the neutron star depends on the neutron-star mass-radius relation, the observed maximum modulation in the burst oscillations places direct constraints on the mass-radius relation (Strohmayer et al. 1998).
Relativistic Astrophysics Explorer
Gravity is tilting the light cones, bending light.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Here “CLCT Patt”, “Quality”, “½ Strip”, “L/R Bend”, “CSC_ID”, and “η appr.” are variables that describe a LCT received by the Sector Receiver. From this data, φ with respect to the given chamber (“φ local”), and the bend angle (“φb local”) are found.
A 3-D Track-Finding Processor for the CMS Level-1 Muon Trigger
However, we point out that the morphology of its jets, on the largest scales, is complex and presents significant bending.
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy
NE from the core and bending clockwise, up to a point at ≈ 0.45′′ (30pc) NNW from the center, is observed at all wavelengths.
Hot Very Small dust Grains in NGC 1068 seen in jet induced structures thanks to VLT/NACO adaptive optics
The change from up orientation outside the block to down orientation inside the block is achieved gradually by bending away from the z-axis over a distance that is known as the width of the domain wall.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
The advantage of bending away from the z-axis is that each pair of nearest neighbor spins in a domain wall is nearly parallel, and therefore it is an energetically favorable way of creating a defect.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
Bending of spins away from the easy axis costs what is known as the anisotropy energy.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
Following Binder , we cut the wall into smaller pieces along its length and allow each piece to move up or down without bending.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
The process is repeated by cutting each segment into n equal pieces again, and relaxing each piece without allowing it to bend.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
Other processes such as imperfect optical coupling and light loss due to the bending of the WLS fibres would reduce the light yield.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
The A–end always links the B–end of the next monomer in the chain.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils
Its dipole moment couples linearly to the local random field which is parallel to the network monomers and is directed from their A–ends to their B–ends.
Liquid crystals in random porous media: Disorder is stronger in low--density aerosils