Definition of bend noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bend//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bend//
    Features of roads, Diving, Rivers and lakes
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  1. 1  [countable] a curve or turn, especially in a road or river a sharp bend in the road You took that bend very fast! Wordfinderbend, course, current, dam, downstream, estuary, river, source, tributary, waterfall see also hairpin bend See related entries: Features of roads, Rivers and lakes
  2. 2the bends [plural] severe pain and difficulty in breathing experienced by a diver who comes back to the surface of the water too quickly See related entries: Diving
  3. Word OriginOld English bendan ‘put in bonds, tension a bow by means of a string’, of Germanic origin; related to band ‘strip of material’.Extra examples He had a winning lead off the final bend. He slowed down to negotiate the bend. I inched the car into the bend. Slow down on the tight bends. Some of the hairpin bends had Ruth clinging to her seat. The car vanished around a bend. a series of dangerous bends a wide bend in the river mountain roads with steep gradients and blind bends Round a bend in the river there was the sound of splashing. The two vehicles collided on a sharp bend in the road.Idioms
    round the bend/twist (North American English around the bend)
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    (informal) crazy She's gone completely round the bend. The kids have been driving me round the bend today (= annoying me very much). See related entries: Describing strange traits
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