• WordNet 3.6
    • v trend turn sharply; change direction abruptly "The car cut to the left at the intersection","The motorbike veered to the right"
    • n trend the popular taste at a given time "leather is the latest vogue","he followed current trends","the 1920s had a style of their own"
    • n trend a general tendency to change (as of opinion) "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book","a broad movement of the electorate to the right"
    • n trend general line of orientation "the river takes a southern course","the northeastern trend of the coast"
    • n trend a general direction in which something tends to move "the shoreward tendency of the current","the trend of the stock market"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until very recently, no centipede was found that did not have an ODD number of leg pairs. Usually the number varies from 15 to 191 pairs, all odd. No one knows why. However, Chris Kettle, a doctoral student in ecology, recently found a centipede with 48 pairs of legs, an even number. The remarkable discovery was presented to the International Congress of Myriapodology in Poland and featured in the science journal Trends in Genetics. Mr. Kettle suspects a genetic mutation is responsible for the even number of leg pairs.
    • n Trend Clean wool.
    • n Trend Inclination in a particular direction; tendency; general direction; as, the trend of a coast.
    • v. t Trend To cause to turn; to bend. "Not far beneath i' the valley as she trends Her silver stream."
    • v. t Trend To cleanse, as wool.
    • v. i Trend To have a particular direction; to run; to stretch; to tend; as, the shore of the sea trends to the southwest.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trend To turn; revolve; roll.
    • trend To travel round or along a region, tract, etc., at its edge; skirt; coast.
    • trend To have a general course or direction; stretch or incline; run: as, the American coast trends southwest from Nova Scotia to Florida.
    • trend Figuratively, to have a general tendency or proclivity; incline; lean; turn. See trend, n., 2.
    • trend In geology and mining, same as strike, 5.
    • trend To cause to turn or roll.
    • trend To follow the course or direction of; coast along.
    • n trend A general course or direction; inclination of the course of something toward a particular line or point.
    • n trend A general tendency or proclivity; a final drift or bent; an ultimate inclination.
    • n trend Nautical, the thickening of an anchor-shank as it approaches the arms.
    • n trend A current or stream.
    • trend To cleanse, as wool. Also trent.
    • n trend Clean or cleansed wool.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Trend trend to tend, to run, to go in a particular direction: to incline, lean
    • n Trend tendency
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  • Charles Kuralt
    Charles Kuralt
    “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”
  • Dan Quayle
    “I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy -- but that could change.”
  • Dick Clark
    Dick Clark
    “I don't set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.”
  • Alec Cairncross
    Alec Cairncross
    “A trend is a trend is a trend. But the question is, will it bend? Will it alter its course through some unforeseen force and come to a premature end?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trenden, to roll or turn about; akin to OFries. trind, trund, round, Dan. & Sw. trind, AS. trendel, a circle, ring, and E. trendle, trundle,


In literature:

It trended north by east and south by west, and was judged to be in length about three leagues and a half.
"The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay" by Arthur Phillip
They also are fond of simply written books of travels, and especially of narratives of a religious trend.
"Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)" by C. H. Thomas
The musician, more than any artist, reflects his character and trend of life in his work.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
This was the trend which I usually found.
"Psychology and Industrial Efficiency" by Hugo Münsterberg
Apart from it we can anticipate the trend of policy in Ireland.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
My thoughts were diverted from a trend of profitless conjecture when shortly after breakfast time my 'phone bell rang.
"The Green Eyes of Bâst" by Sax Rohmer
This Point I have named Cape Howe; it may be known by the trending of the Coast, which is N. on the one side, and S.W.
"A Source Book Of Australian History" by Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
But the immediate trend of Lambert's thoughts were in the direction of seeking aid from his visitor.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
The last question that arises is, to what degree of northern latitude this coast extends, before it trends more directly to the westward.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
This was precisely the trend in national politics at this moment.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson

In poetry:

The babe upraised his wondering eyes,
And timidly he said,
"A trend towards experiment
In modern minds is bred.
"Envoy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And I found that while it was social,
Some other things they'd review;
There was moral's tie and culture's trend.
They ever had in view.
"Ajax' Bashfulness" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Just as a boy, forgetting games and friends,
Sometimes beholds the girls bath in a river
And, knowing nothing of the loving trends,
Is yet tormented by a hidden fever;
"The Sixth Sense" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
White-haired and hoary-bearded, who art thou
That speedest on, albeit bent with age,
Even as a youth that followeth after dreams?
Whence are thy feet, and whither trends thy way?
"Beyond" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
On Truro sands we walked, dear friend,
Slow following up that low shore's trend.
The crescent moon dipt in the sea,
Soft darkness fell on you and me
As on we wandered past the bend
"On Truro Sands" by Oscar Fay Adams
He was my only brother. She
A sister of my brother's friend.
They met, and married in the end.
And I remember well when he
Brought her rejoicing home, the trend
Of war moved towards us sullenly.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Hosted software is one of the hottest trends in IT, and CRM is the leading application.
Ideas & Trends: Crimes of the War on Crime.
Trend: Pile on the Prints.
IDEAS & TRENDS: Chemical Weapons.
It's the trend in turf, and it's sweeping across Big Apple ballfields .
This season, the big evening dress trend continues to be the bandage dress.
Demi Moore began the trend over 20 years ago with her Vanity Fair cover photo, but now non-celebrity moms are getting in on the trend.
Vancouver chef Karen Barnaby has the scoop — and the recipes — on the latest food trends.
Music's Top Five Hottest Trends For 2011.
BALTIMORE—Baltimore's new police commissioner is set to officially take over the force at a time when the city's stubborn homicide rate is trending upward.
One of the greatest trends for this summer are the swimsuits from Persona Swimwear.
We have The Buzz on this beading trend.
24 hours of Election Day Twitter trends.
Think of me as the guinea pig who tries out all the crazy trends-going to The Hustler Club with my boyfriend, giving up texting for seven days, getting Vajazzled.
We're looking back at oddball food trends and nutritional nonsense.

In science:

The trend in the prediction of k-point approximations implies the possibility that the coefficient of the linear term goes to zero in the limit k → ∞.
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs
We find a clear trend between the number of clusters observed and the magnitude of the brightest cluster.
The Formation of Star Clusters
As the virial mass increases from groups to clusters (filled circles → squares → triangles), the computed results follow the general trend of the observations, even for these simple adiabatic models.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
The trends seen in Fig. 5 are present in these distributions as well.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
The similarities with the sign-coherent f p trends are as significant as are the differences.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles