bend·​er | \ ˈben-dər How to pronounce bender (audio) \
plural benders

Definition of bender

1 : one that bends
2 : spree hungover after a weekend bender
3 baseball, informal : curveball … throws a nasty bender in the zone …— Tim Kurkjian
4 or bender tent, British : a simple shelter consisting of a framework of branches covered with a tarpaulin The teenager had left to live in a bender, a home-made shelter in the woods …— Emma Cooney

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Examples of bender in a Sentence

He went on a bender and was drunk all weekend. didn't remember a thing after the all-night bender
Recent Examples on the Web And the episode demonstrates the downsides of priced-to-move legal advice in the opening scene, which follows two meth-addled yahoos who celebrate Saul’s introductory bargain rate by launching into a multiday bender. David Segal, New York Times, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: Down the Drain," 24 Feb. 2020 Self-driving vehicles testing in California and Arizona have been involved in plenty of crashes, mishaps, and fender-benders, with one resulting in the death of an Arizona woman and others in minor injuries. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People," 29 Feb. 2020 Following Waves, Russell has been on a work bender, too, filming back to back projects such as the upcoming Escape Room 2, Words on Bathroom Walls and Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's New Style Stars Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell on Making the Red Carpet a Playground," 27 Feb. 2020 That's not a brain-bender, but a new, modular approach. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel's Ghost Canyon NUC and Compute Element: 10 questions and intriguing facts," 24 Jan. 2020 Porta dos Fundos won an international Emmy for their 2018 comedy special, The Last Hangover, which involved Jesus’ disciples waking up after a bender of drugs, drinking, and prostitutes to find no trace of their savior. Nick Romano,, "Creators of Netflix comedy special with gay Jesus report attack on headquarters," 26 Dec. 2019 New edge defenders Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith are upgrades over a declining Clay Matthews and a disappointing Nick Perry, but neither is a pure edge bender. Andy Benoit,, "NFC North Offseason Reports: How Will the Aaron Rodgers-Matt LaFleur Marriage Work?," 12 June 2019 Don’t tell me you guys have fallen off the wagon and have gone on a Big Mac bender. Chris Varias,, "Come on down to Covington and try out 'cave music' with Moon Hooch," 27 Jan. 2020 And, lucky for us, Teigen's beauty bender didn't stop there. Christina Oehler,, "Chrissy Teigen's Face Mask Selfie Will Inspire You to Up Your Skincare Game," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bender

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Mar 2020

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“Bender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bender

informal : a period when someone gets very drunk

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