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 It was quickly penned by two songwriting pals coming off a late-night bender. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "George Strait's "The Chair" Was Written at 4 O'clock in the Morning in 45 Minutes," 31 Mar. 2021 Center of gravity is naturally high and combines with inconsistency as a bender to compromise pad level/leverage at times. oregonlive, "Kelvin Banks Jr., 5-star offensive tackle, sets Oregon Ducks official visit," 30 Mar. 2021 In his latest apology video, Wallen said that his offense was the result of a 72-hour bender. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why a Disgraced Musician Is Dominating the Charts," 25 Feb. 2021 Houston went 10-3 during Harden’s long-range bender. Sporting Green Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors' Steph Curry vs. James Harden: Comparing NBA's all-time 3-point streaks," 13 Feb. 2021 Commercials for these trucks often look like they were directed by Hulk Hogan on a creatine bender. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram HD Pickup Pull-Off," 5 Feb. 2021 Here’s a mind-bender that Elon Musk might be tweeting about soon: Could the Internet reach a state of artificial consciousness and behave like a living creature? Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Democracy depends on Washington improving its tech," 17 Sep. 2020 Not in the film's favor: Audiences didn't love Nolan's latest time-bender. CBS News, ""Tenet" grosses respectable $20 million in opening weekend," 8 Sep. 2020 Not in the film's favor: Audiences didn't love Nolan's latest time-bender. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, "Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' earns modest $20.2M in biggest moviegoing weekend of the pandemic," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bender

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bender was in the 15th century

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15 Apr 2021

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“Bender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bender

informal : a period when someone gets very drunk

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