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Another word for bend

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Verb
  1. To swerve from a straight line

      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center:
      2. Moving in or forming a circle.
      3. Shaped like a cylinder; cylindrical.
      1. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      2. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      3. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
      1. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
      2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
      3. A curve or bend; a turn:
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
      1. A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
      2. A structure, such as a freestanding monument, shaped like an inverted U.
      3. A curve with the ends down and the middle up:
      1. Something shaped like a curve or arch:
      2. A segment of a circle.
      3. An electric arc.
      1. To fish with a hook and line.
      2. To try to get something by indirect or artful means:
      3. A fishhook or fishing tackle.
    See also:

    straight

  2. To cause to move, especially at an angle

      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. To deflect (light, for example) from a straight path by refraction.
      2. To alter by viewing through a medium:
      3. To determine the refraction of (an eye, for example).
      1. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
      1. To fish with a hook and line.
      2. To try to get something by indirect or artful means:
      3. A fishhook or fishing tackle.
    See also:

    straight

  3. To incline the body

      1. To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back:
      2. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
      3. To lower or debase oneself:
      1. To crush or crunch.
      2. To crumple or squeeze; hunch:
      3. To hunch:
      1. An intuitive feeling or a premonition:
      2. A hump.
      3. A lump or chunk:
      1. A rounded mass or protuberance, such as the fleshy structure on the back of a camel or of some cattle.
      2. A deformity of the back in humans caused by an abnormal convex curvature of the upper spine.
      3. The act or an instance of having sexual intercourse.
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
      1. A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
      2. A structure, such as a freestanding monument, shaped like an inverted U.
      3. A curve with the ends down and the middle up:
    See also:

    posture

  4. To be unable to hold up

    See also:

    help

  5. To devote (oneself or one's efforts)

      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. To make a present of:
      2. To place in the hands of; pass:
      3. To deliver in exchange or recompense; pay:
      1. The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system.
      2. The state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image:
      3. An apparatus used to adjust the focal length of an optical system in order to make an image distinct or clear:
      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
      1. To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self, for example) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
      2. To set apart for a specific purpose or use:
      1. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
      2. To set apart for a special use:
      3. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action:
      1. To direct or draw toward a common center; focus.
      2. To bring into one main body:
      3. To make (a solution or mixture) less dilute.
      1. (idiomatic) To put forth the needed effort; to focus; become serious; apply oneself (e.g. to work or study).
      1. To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to:
      2. To put to or adapt for a special use:
      3. To put into action:
      1. To speak to:
      2. To make a formal speech to:
      3. To direct (a spoken or written message) to the attention of:
Noun
  1. Something bent

      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center:
      2. Moving in or forming a circle.
      3. Shaped like a cylinder; cylindrical.
      1. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      2. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      3. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
      1. The act of curving or the state of being curved.
      2. The ratio of the change in the angle of a tangent that moves over a given arc to the length of the arc.
      3. The limit of this ratio as the length of the arc approaches zero.
      1. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
      2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
      3. A curve or bend; a turn:
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
    See also:

    straight

Another word for bend

Noun
      1. A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
      2. A structure, such as a freestanding monument, shaped like an inverted U.
      3. A curve with the ends down and the middle up:
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
      1. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
      2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
      3. A curve or bend; a turn:
    See also:

    curve

Verb
  1. To force out of a straight line

      1. A curved or sharply bent device, usually of metal, used to catch, drag, suspend, or fasten something else.
      2. A fishhook.
      3. A curved or barbed plant or animal part.
      1. To fish with a hook and line.
      2. To try to get something by indirect or artful means:
      3. A fishhook or fishing tackle.
      1. To deflect (light, for example) from a straight path by refraction.
      2. To alter by viewing through a medium:
      3. To determine the refraction of (an eye, for example).
      1. To twist together (threads, for example); intertwine.
      2. To form by twisting, intertwining, or interlacing:
      3. To encircle or coil about:
      1. A length of line, thread, ribbon, or other thin material that is curved or doubled over making an opening.
      2. The opening formed by such a doubled line.
      3. Something having a shape, order, or path of motion that is circular or curved over on itself.
      1. Twice as much in size, strength, number, or amount:
      2. Composed of two like parts:
      3. Composed of two unlike parts; dual:
      1. To alter from proper or natural form; misshape:
      2. To spoil the beauty or appearance of; disfigure:
      3. To alter the shape of by pressure or stress.
      1. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; bend or deviate.
      1. To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape:
      2. To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate:
      3. To become contorted:
      1. To cause (someone) to have a certain tendency: dispose:
      2. To dispose (someone) to have a certain preference or opinion or to take a course of action:
      3. To cause to lean, slant, or slope:
      1. Moving air, especially a natural and perceptible movement of air parallel to or along the ground.
      2. A movement of air generated artificially, as by bellows or a fan.
      3. The direction from which a movement of air comes:
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
      1. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
      2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
      3. A curve or bend; a turn:
      1. A clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.
      2. An ornament that resembles this clasp, such as a metal square on a shoe or hat.
      3. An instance of bending, warping, or crumpling; a bend or bulge.
      1. To twist (the hair, for example) into ringlets or coils.
      2. To form into a coiled or spiral shape:
      3. To decorate with coiled or spiral shapes.
      1. To form wrinkles or ripples.
      2. To make a soft crackling sound; rustle.
      3. To cause to crinkle.
      1. A series of connected spirals or concentric rings formed by gathering or winding:
      2. An individual spiral or ring within such a series.
      3. A spiral pipe or series of spiral pipes, as in a radiator.
      1. A slightly arched surface, as of a road, a ship's deck, an airfoil, or a ski.
      2. The condition of having an arched surface.
      3. A setting of automobile wheels in which they are closer together at the bottom than at the top.
      1. A curve on a plane that winds around a fixed center point at a continuously increasing or decreasing distance from the point.
      2. A three-dimensional curve that turns around an axis at a constant or continuously varying distance while moving parallel to the axis; a helix.
      3. Something having the form of such a curve:
      1. To cause to turn away from what is right, proper, or good; debase:
      2. To corrupt (someone) morally.
      3. To interpret incorrectly; misconstrue or distort:
      1. To bend (something pliant or elastic).
      2. To bend (a joint).
      3. To bend (a joint) repeatedly.
      1. To press or pinch into small regular folds or ridges:
      2. To bend or mold (leather) into shape.
      3. To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
      1. Being such that every part of the surface or the circumference is equidistant from the center:
      2. Moving in or forming a circle.
      3. Shaped like a cylinder; cylindrical.
      1. A usually curved structure forming the upper edge of an open space and supporting the weight above it, as in a bridge or doorway.
      2. A structure, such as a freestanding monument, shaped like an inverted U.
      3. A curve with the ends down and the middle up:
      1. To turn or twist (wood, for example) out of shape; deform.
      2. To alter from a normal, proper, or healthy state; twist or pervert:
      3. To arrange strands of yarn or thread lengthwise onto (a loom) in preparation for weaving.
      1. A line that deviates from straightness in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      2. A surface that deviates from planarity in a smooth, continuous fashion.
      3. Something characterized by such a line or surface, especially a rounded line or contour of the human body.
      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. To wind together (two or more threads, for example) so as to produce a single strand.
      2. To form in this manner:
      3. To wind or coil (vines or rope, for example) about something.
  2. To be forced out of a straight line

      1. To make a present of:
      2. To place in the hands of; pass:
      3. To deliver in exchange or recompense; pay:
      1. An intuitive feeling or a premonition:
      2. A hump.
      3. A lump or chunk:
      1. To sink, droop, or settle from pressure or weight.
      2. To lose vigor, firmness, or resilience:
      3. To decline, as in value or price:
      1. To become limp or flaccid; droop:
      2. To feel or exhibit the effects of fatigue or exhaustion; weaken markedly:
      3. To cause to droop or lose freshness:
      1. To bend or hang downward:
      2. To bend or sag gradually:
      3. To sag in dejection or exhaustion:
      1. To turn aside from a course or established direction; swerve:
      2. To deviate from a purpose, behavior, or previous pattern:
      3. To shift clockwise in direction, as from north to northeast. Used of the wind.
      1. A roundabout way or course, especially a road used temporarily instead of a main route.
      2. A deviation from a direct course of action.
      3. To go or cause to go by a roundabout way.
      1. To turn aside from a course or way:
      2. To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; differ or stray.
      3. To cause to turn aside or differ.
      1. To go or extend in different directions from a common point; branch out:
      2. To depart from an established pattern or norm; deviate.
      3. To be different, as in opinion or manner; differ:
      1. To turn aside or be turned aside from a straight path or established pattern.
      2. The act of swerving.
      1. A plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center.
      2. A planar region bounded by a circle.
      3. Something, such as a ring, shaped like such a plane curve.
      1. To follow a winding and turning course:
      2. To move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction:
      3. To speak or write in sustained fashion on a number of loosely connected topics.
      1. To crush together or press into wrinkles; rumple.
      2. To cause to collapse.
      3. To become wrinkled.
      1. A line or course that proceeds by sharp turns in alternating directions.
      2. One of a series of such sharp turns.
      3. Something, such as a road or design, that exhibits one or a series of sharp turns.
      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. The front section of a ship or boat.
      2. Either of the sides of this front section:
      3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
      1. A clasp for fastening two ends, as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other.
      2. An ornament that resembles this clasp, such as a metal square on a shoe or hat.
      3. An instance of bending, warping, or crumpling; a bend or bulge.
      1. To bend or slant away from the vertical.
      2. To incline the weight of the body so as to be supported:
      3. To rely for assistance or support:
      1. To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back:
      2. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
      3. To lower or debase oneself:
  3. To influence

      1. A hollow form or matrix for shaping a fluid or plastic substance.
      2. A frame or model around or on which something is formed or shaped.
      3. Something that is made in or shaped on a mold.
      1. To cause (someone) to accept a point of view or to undertake a course of action by means of argument, reasoning, or entreaty:
      1. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
      2. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process):
      3. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
  4. To yield

    See also:

    yield

Synonym Study

  • Curve suggests a swerving or deflection in a line that follows or approximates the arc of a circle he curved the next pitch
  • Turn , in this comparison, suggests a change in direction, as a curving back of an object upon itself to turn the sheet back
  • Twist , in this connection, implies greater resistance in the object to be bent and often connotes a wrenching out of the normal line to twist one's arm
  • Bend refers to the curving or crooking of something that is normally straight but that yields to pressure or tension to bend a wire