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 for bending
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bending \Bend"ing\, n.
     The marking of the clothes with stripes or horizontal bands.
     [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bending
      n 1: movement that causes the formation of a curve [syn:
           bending, bend]
      2: the property of being bent or deflected [syn: deflection,
         deflexion, bending]
      3: the act of bending something

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