• 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
    • v mend restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken "She repaired her TV set","Repair my shoes please"
    • v mend heal or recover "My broken leg is mending"
    • n mend the act of putting something in working order again
    • n mend sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment) "her stockings had several mends"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mend To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace. "The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it."
    • v. i Mend To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved; to recover; to heal.
    • Mend To help, to advance, to further; to add to. "Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.""You mend the jewel by the wearing it."
    • Mend To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mend To repair, as something broken, defaced, deranged, or worn; make whole or fit for use; restore to a sound or serviceable condition: as, to mend shoes or clothes, a wall or a road.
    • mend To correct or reform; make or set right; bring to a proper state or condition: as, to mend one's ways, health, or fortune; that will not mend the matter.
    • mend To improve; make better in any way; help, further, better, advance in value or consideration, etc.
    • mend To improve upon; add to; surpass or outdo: as, to mend one's shot (that is, to make a better one).
    • mend To grow or do better; improve; act or behave better.
    • n mend Amendment; improvement; course of improvement; way to recoversy: as, to be on the mend (said especially of a person recovering from illness).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mend mend to remove a fault: to repair, as something broken or worn: to make better: to correct, improve
    • v.i Mend to grow better
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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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbrev. fr. amend,. See Amend


In literature:

She'll make you and mend you; and you need mending, don't you, dear old Padre?
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Better skaith saved than mends made.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Traversed the wood with mended pace, And reached a cottage, sore distressed.
"Fables of John Gay" by John Gay
He had a broken leg that had mended crooked.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Mending vellum is done in much the same way as mending paper, excepting that a little greater overlap must be left.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
You will tell me I need not preach against these things, for I cannot mend them.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
What is done can't be undone, and what is broken can't be mended.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
Do they ever tear a piece out just for the sake of mending it?
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
Who'll mend your clothes?
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
There were maids to do the mending and the sewing, so how could she serve there?
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston

In poetry:

Oh blissful dream! Our nursery joys
We know must have an end,
But love and friendship's broken toys
May God's good angels mend!
"Our Sweet Singer" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"As for this wrong, no art can mend it,
The bond is shiver'd that held us twain;
Old friends we be, but law must end it,
Whether for loss or whether for gain.
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
Come ye hither all, whose taste
Is your waste;
Save your cost, and mend your fare.
God is here prepar'd and drest,
And the feast,
God, in whom all dainties are.
"The Invitation" by George Herbert
Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
That th' earth did like a heav'n appeare:
The starres were coming down to know
If they might mend their wages, and serve here.
"Whitsunday" by George Herbert
If the fight is drawn, my brother,
I neither lose nor win,
Will you keep your place beside me,
Till I try it again,
Till I mend my broken armor,
And try my hand again?
"My Wish" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
A lost thing could I never find,
Nor a broken thing mend:
And I fear I shall be all alone
When I get towards the end.
Who will there be to comfort me
Or who will be my friend?
"The South Country" by Hilaire Belloc

In news:

Britain's finance minister George Osborne said on Thursday the latest GDP data showed the economy was on the mend but there were still challenges ahead due to weak data coming from the euro zone.
Princeton stop light on the mend.
Editor of Year's ankle mending slowly.
The E Street Band member suffered a stroke on Sunday and is now reportedly on the mend.
A report on unemployment claims and a forecast of US economic activity pointed Thursday to an economy mending slowly, without the job growth needed to fuel a vigorous recovery.
A dog who survived an 11-mile, 50 mph ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island after being hit by a car and wedged into the grille is on the mend and has been reunited with its owners.
Castro is recovering from ACL and foot injuries, and Snyder's back is on the mend.
Hemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — Stocks fell despite an encouraging report on consumer confidence and another indication the housing market is on the mend.
Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant, right) shares a cigarette with the kidnapped model Kay M (Eva Mendes) in a scene from " Holy Motors".
Marie Osmond is on the mend after a trip to the hospital on Wednesday night.
Military, civilian leaders mend ties.
Job openings in the US climbed in October to a four-month high, indicating the labor market is on the mend.
Actors Eva Mendes (L) and Jeremy Renner speak onstage during the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations press conference at The London West Hollywood on November 30, 2010 in West Hollywood, California.
Jobless Claims in US Unexpectedly Fall as Labor Market Mends.
ADEL — Adam Ledbetter won the 2012 Kicks for Katelyn Mended Little Hearts 5K on Saturday.

In science:

Vilela Mendes, “Noncommutative time-frequency tomography”, Phys.
Noninertial quantum mechanical fluctuations
Mendes, Presented at Conference on Strong and Electroweak Matter (SEWM 98), Copenhagen.
Problems in Lattice Gauge Fixing
Nowadays, it is believed that this framework has been superseded by a new one, called “the normalized one”, advanced in , and formalized in great detail by Tsallis, Mendes and Plastino , which seems to exhibit important advantages .
Thermodynamical Test of Non Extensive Thermostatistics
Albert and Barab´asi and Dorogovtsev and Mendes [120] have given extensive pedagogical reviews focusing on the physics literature.
The structure and function of complex networks
Dorogovtsev and Mendes [122] have expanded their above-mentioned review into a book, which again focuses on models of growing graphs.
The structure and function of complex networks