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bend    : [b'ɛnd]
Ordinary \Or"di*na*ry\, n.; pl. {Ordinaries} (-r[i^]z).
1. (Law)
(a) (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction
in his own right, and not by deputation.
(b) (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in
matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge; also,
a deputy of the bishop, or a clergyman appointed to
perform divine service for condemned criminals and
assist in preparing them for death.
(c) (Am. Law) A judicial officer, having generally the
powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.
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2. The mass; the common run. [Obs.]
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I see no more in you than in the ordinary
Of nature's salework. --Shak.
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3. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered
a settled establishment or institution. [R.]
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Spain had no other wars save those which were grown
into an ordinary. --Bacon.
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4. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
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Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and
other ordinaries. --Sir W.
Scott.
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5. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for
all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction
from one where each dish is separately charged; a table
d'h[^o]te; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a
dining room. --Shak.
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All the odd words they have picked up in a
coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as
flowers of style. --Swift.
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He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and
peddlers and to ordinaries. --Bancroft.
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6. (Her.) A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or
ten which are in constant use. The {bend}, {chevron},
{chief}, {cross}, {fesse}, {pale}, and {saltire} are
uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include
bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See {Subordinary}.
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{In ordinary}.
(a) In actual and constant service; statedly attending and
serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An
ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a
foreign court.
(b) (Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; -- said of a
naval vessel.

{Ordinary of the Mass} (R. C. Ch.), the part of the Mass
which is the same every day; -- called also the {canon of
the Mass}.
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Bend \Bend\, v. i.
1. To be moved or strained out of a straight line; to crook
or be curving; to bow.
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The green earth's end
Where the bowed welkin slow doth bend. --Milton.
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2. To jut over; to overhang.
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There is a cliff, whose high and bending head
Looks fearfully in the confined deep. --Shak.
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3. To be inclined; to be directed.
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To whom our vows and wished bend. --Milton.
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4. To bow in prayer, or in token of submission.
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While each to his great Father bends. --Coleridge.
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Bend \Bend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bended} or {Bent}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Bending}.] [AS. bendan to bend, fr. bend a band,
bond, fr. bindan to bind. See {Bind}, v. t., and cf. 3d & 4th
{Bend}.]
1. To strain or move out of a straight line; to crook by
straining; to make crooked; to curve; to make ready for
use by drawing into a curve; as, to bend a bow; to bend
the knee.
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2. To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.
"Bend thine ear to supplication." --Milton.
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Towards Coventry bend we our course. --Shak.
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Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent. --Sir W.
Scott.
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3. To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
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To bend his mind to any public business. --Temple.
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But when to mischief mortals bend their will.
--Pope.
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4. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
"Except she bend her humor." --Shak.
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5. (Naut.) To fasten, as one rope to another, or as a sail to
its yard or stay; or as a cable to the ring of an anchor.
--Totten.
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{To bend the brow}, to knit the brow, as in deep thought or
in anger; to scowl; to frown. --Camden.
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Syn: To lean; stoop; deflect; bow; yield.
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Bend \Bend\, n. [See {Bend}, v. t., and cf. {Bent}, n.]
1. A turn or deflection from a straight line or from the
proper direction or normal position; a curve; a crook; as,
a slight bend of the body; a bend in a road.
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2. Turn; purpose; inclination; ends. [Obs.]
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Farewell, poor swain; thou art not for my bend.
--Fletcher.
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3. (Naut.) A knot by which one rope is fastened to another or
to an anchor, spar, or post. --Totten.
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4. (Leather Trade) The best quality of sole leather; a butt.
See {Butt}.
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5. (Mining) Hard, indurated clay; bind.
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6. pl. (Med.) same as {caisson disease}. Usually referred to
as {the bends}.
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{Bends of a ship}, the thickest and strongest planks in her
sides, more generally called wales. They have the beams,
knees, and foothooks bolted to them. Also, the frames or
ribs that form the ship's body from the keel to the top of
the sides; as, the midship bend.
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Bend \Bend\, n. [AS. bend. See {Band}, and cf. the preceding
noun.]
1. A band. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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2. [OF. bende, bande, F. bande. See {Band}.] (Her.) One of
the honorable ordinaries, containing a third or a fifth
part of the field. It crosses the field diagonally from
the dexter chief to the sinister base.
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{Bend sinister} (Her.), an honorable ordinary drawn from the
sinister chief to the dexter base.
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bend
n 1: a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a
crook in the path" [synonym: {bend}, {crook}, {twist}, {turn}]
2: movement that causes the formation of a curve [synonym:
{bending}, {bend}]
3: curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
[synonym: {bend}, {curve}]
4: an angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the
napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her
blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow"
[synonym: {fold}, {crease}, {plication}, {flexure}, {crimp},
{bend}]
5: a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade
Range
6: diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner
to the lower left [synonym: {bend}, {bend dexter}]
v 1: form a curve; "The stick does not bend" [synonym: {bend},
{flex}] [ant: {straighten}, {unbend}]
2: change direction; "The road bends"
3: cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;
"bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong
man could turn an iron bar" [synonym: {flex}, {bend}, {deform},
{twist}, {turn}] [ant: {unbend}]
4: bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched
down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped
to pick up the girl's purse" [synonym: {crouch}, {stoop}, {bend},
{bow}]
5: turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of
interest [synonym: {deflect}, {bend}, {turn away}]
6: bend a joint; "flex your wrists"; "bend your knees" [synonym:
{flex}, {bend}]

498 Moby Thesaurus words for "bend":
L, S-curve, aberrancy, aberration, accommodate, accommodate with,
accord, achievement, adapt, adapt to, adjust, adjust to, affect,
agree with, aim, aim at, alerion, angle, angle off, animal charge,
annulet, apex, apply, arc, arch, argent, armorial bearings, armory,
arms, assimilate to, azure, band, bandage, bandeau, bar,
bar sinister, baton, be guided by, bear off, bearings, beat down,
belt, bend, bend back, bend sinister, bend the knee, bend the neck,
bend to, bending, bending the knee, bent, bias, bifurcate,
bifurcation, bight, billet, bind, bind up, blazon, blazonry, bob,
bob a curtsy, bob down, bordure, bow, bow and scrape, bow down,
bow the head, bow to, bowing, bowing and scraping, brace, branch,
branch off, branching off, break, break down, bring low,
bring to terms, broad arrow, buckle, buckle down, bundle,
cadency mark, cant, canton, cave, chain, change the bearing,
channel, chaplet, charge, chevron, chief, chime in with, cinch,
circuitousness, coat of arms, cockatrice, coin, collapse, color,
comply, comply with, compose, conduce, conflexure, conform,
conquer, contort, contribute, corner, coronet, correct, correspond,
cower, crank, crescent, crest, cringe, cringe to, crook, cross,
cross moline, crotchet, crouch, crouch before, crown, crumple,
crush, curl, curtsy, curvation, curvature, curve, declination,
decurve, deflect, deflection, depart from, departure, determine,
detour, deviance, deviancy, deviate, deviation, device,
deviousness, devote, diagonal, difference, differencing, diffract,
diffuse, digress, digression, dipping the colors, direct,
directionize, discipline, discursion, disperse, dispose, distort,
divagate, divagation, divaricate, divarication, diverge,
divergence, diversion, divert, do homage, do obeisance, do up,
dogleg, dome, double, drift, drifting, duck, eagle, elbow, ell,
embow, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, errantry, escutcheon,
excursion, excursus, exorbitation, falcon, fall down before,
fall in with, fell, fess, fess point, field, file, fit, fix,
fix on, flanch, flatten, flection, fleur-de-lis, flex, flexure,
focus, fold up, follow, fork, fret, fur, furcate, furcation, fusil,
garland, geanticline, gear to, genuflect, genuflection,
geosyncline, get down, gird, girdle, girt, girth, give, give way,
gnarl, go, go by, griffin, grovel, gules, gyron, hairpin,
hairpin turn, harmonize, hatchment, have a tendency, head, heel,
helmet, heraldic device, hold on, homage, honor point, hook,
humble, humiliate, hump, hunch, hunch down, impalement, impaling,
inclination, incline, incurvate, incurve, indirection, induce,
inescutcheon, inflect, inflection, influence, jaundice, knee,
kneel, kneel to, kneeling, knot, knuckle to, kowtow, label, lace,
lash, lead, lean, leash, level at, lion, look to, loop, lozenge,
lurch, make a leg, make a reverence, make conform, make obeisance,
making a leg, mantling, marshaling, martlet, mascle, master,
meander, meet, metal, mold, motto, move, mullet, nod,
nombril point, nook, obeisance, oblique, oblique angle,
oblique figure, oblique line, obliquity, obsequiousness, observe,
octofoil, or, ordinary, orle, overmaster, override, overwhelm,
oxbow, pale, paly, pean, pererration, persuade, pheon, point,
point at, point to, predispose, prejudice, prejudice against,
prejudice the issue, prepossess, present, presenting arms, prompt,
prostrate, prostration, pull, purpure, put down, quarter,
quartering, quell, quoin, rambling, reconcile, rectify, recurve,
redound to, reduce, reflect, reflection, reflex, refract, relax,
relent, retroflex, reverence, rhomboid, ride down, rope, rose,
round, rub off corners, sable, sag, salaam, saltire, salutation,
salute, scatter, scrape, scratch comma, screw, scrouch down,
scutcheon, separatrix, serve, servility, set, set toward, settle,
shape, sheer, shield, shift, shifting, shifting course,
shifting path, show a tendency, sight on, skew, slant, slash, slue,
smash, soften up, solidus, splice, spread eagle, spring, squat,
standing at attention, steer, stoop, straighten, strap, straying,
subdue, subjugate, submission, submissiveness, submit, subordinary,
suit, supination, suppress, swaddle, swag, swathe, sway, sweep,
swerve, swerving, swinging, tack, tally with, tend, tenne, throw,
tie, tie up, tincture, tinge, tone, torse, train, train upon,
trample down, trample underfoot, transverse, tread underfoot,
trend, tressure, truckle to, truss, turn, turn aside, turn awry,
turn upon, turning, twist, tyrannize, unbend, unicorn, unman, vair,
vanquish, variation, vary, vault, veer, verge, vert, vertex,
virgule, wallow, wandering, warp, wear down, weigh with, welter,
wind, wire, work, work toward, wrap, wrap up, wreath, wrench,
wrest, wring, writhe, yale, yaw, yield, zag, zig, zigzag




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