• Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
    Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mending the act of putting something in working order again
    • n mending garments that must be repaired
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mending A yarn composed of cotton and wool, and prepared for darning the so-called merino stockings made on the stocking-loom: used chiefly in the plural.
    • n mending Articles collectively that require to be mended.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mending the act of repairing: things requiring to be mended
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  • Susanna Moodie
    Susanna Moodie
    “When things come to the worse, they generally mend.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Confessed faults are half-mended.”
  • H. A. Ironside
    H. A. Ironside
    “If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.”
  • Ulpian Fulwell
    Ulpian Fulwell
    “A fault is sooner found than mended.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.”


Mend fences - When people mend fences, they try to improve or restore relations that have been damaged by disputes or arguments.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Short for amend.


In literature:

But to mend is better.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Mrs. Barrington said she was quite sure you could mend it.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Or perhaps you may want some pens mended before I go?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
We'll leave the cart there, to be mended.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
He did not mend it when he confessed that the trick had been played in consequence of the way the lieutenant had treated him.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
He is goot tog ten, and getting himself mended ferry quickly.
"Diamond Dyke" by George Manville Fenn
The leg soon began to mend, and two pints of the infusion finished the cure.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
Then they bid him goe & mende his maners.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
Allison brought dry peats and mended the fire, and then took to her stocking-mending again.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Consulting our map we found that the next big town was Mendes.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot

In poetry:

The more thou didst ask us to turn and relent,
Our morals to mend, and our sins to repent,
We sinn'd worse and worse, and more desperate grew,
And farther and farther from mercy withdrew.
"Another, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
Yet this will be, may, this must be the case,
If soon thy sinful life thou dost not mend:
Then, for Christ's sake, these overtures embrace,
Ere God his plagues, to punish thee, shall send.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard
Was it to pass in thoughtless joy the morn,
To dress, to bow, to speak and smile with art?
Then flaunt abroad, through whirling pleasures borne,
Nor steal one secret hour to mend the heart?
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
The great physician, Time, shall pacify
This parting anguish with another friend.
Your heart is broken now, but it will mend.
Though it is death, yet still you will not die.
Good-bye! Good-bye!
"Good-bye" by Ada Cambridge
If you see the stable-door setting open wide;
If you see a tired horse lying down inside;
If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore;
If the lining's wet and warm — don't you ask no more!
"A Smuggler's Song" by Rudyard Kipling
A genius brighter than a dunce
May follow up two trades at once;
For mending shoes, and teaching school,
Are seldom follow'd by a fool:
Two occupations here we find,
One props the body--one, the mind.
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton

In news:

Rosa Mendes News Archive from WWE Superstars.
Director Sam Mendes, left, poses with actors Naomie Harris, Daniel Craig, Berenice Marlohe and Javier Bardem during a photo call for the new James Bond film "Skyfall" at the Crosby Street Hotel on Monday Oct 15, 2012 in New York.
Actress Eva Mendes has a chic new line of dinnerware for Macy's that's inspired by her travels abroad.
Thanks to donors who opened their hearts and their wallets, Oscar is on the mend.
Nuno Mendes's Viajante & London's East End.
Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant in "Holy Motors".
When it comes to Bond, nobody does it better than Sam Mendes.
China on mend, US factory data encouraging .
The California housing market is on the mend as decreased foreclosures and increased market activity help to stabilize local real estate.
The Affordable Care Act offers unique benefits for the uninsured and helps New Jersey take strides in mending our troubled economy.
Eva Mendes stars in 'Holy Motors.
China on mend , but euro zone still shrinking.
Michigan real estate market could be on the mend .
Georgetown's Cronin on the mend .
Mayor Menino Says He's On The Mend .

In science:

Mendes Lopes, Remarks on the bicanonical map for surfaces of general type, to be published in Math.
The degree of the generators of the canonical ring of surfaces with p_g=0
Mend´es-France and A. van der Poorten, Math.
Comparative study of the critical behavior in one-dimensional random and aperiodic environments
Vilela Mendes; Conditional exponents, entropies and a measure of dynamical self-organization, adap-org/9802001, to appear in Phys.
Clustering and synchronization with positive Lyapunov exponents
Finally Reshetikhin and Turaev used quantum group techniques to construct a rigorous topological invariant corresponding to Chern-Simons theory with gauge group SU (2) and showed that it satisfied a weaker version of Atiyah’s axioms (in the language of this paper, they showed everything but the mending axiom).
Three-Dimensional 2-Framed TQFTs and Surgery
From the point of view of the category theoretic definition of TQFT, the distinction between sewing and mending may seem more semantic than real.
Three-Dimensional 2-Framed TQFTs and Surgery