bend·​er | \ˈben-dər \
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

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City officials say that after traffic was rerouted in Midtown, there were 35 percent fewer injuries from pedestrians being hit by cars and 63 percent fewer injuries to drivers and their passengers from fender-benders. James Barron, New York Times, "Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.," 13 July 2018 Suffice to say the Capitals have been on a multi-day bender from the Las Vegas Strip to the Georgetown waterfront. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Are the Washington Capitals the drunkest champions ever?," 11 June 2018 President Trump has been on a bit of a pardoning bender recently. Jasmine Sanders, The Cut, "Pamela Anderson Says Trump Should Pardon Julian Assange Next," 6 June 2018 Zoltan Stieber sent a bender that nicked the head of Yamil Asad on its way around the wall, flummoxing Turner who could do nothing but watch as the ball was redirected past his gaze and into the back of the net. Owen Pence,, "Revolution hold off D.C. United," 1 July 2018 Since 1998, Palms has been the chief glass bender for Neon Works, a neon sign company in Oakland owned by Jim Rizzo. Jessica Christian,, "Glass bender melds art, science to create and restore neon signs," 9 July 2018 The musicians were genre benders, stitching patches of hard rock, hip-hop, and new wave to a veil of soft, velvety pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 The only glitch was a little fender-bender in the town of Valladolid, covered by insurance on my American Express card. New York Times, "The Frugal Five," 27 June 2018 Amy Palms has been perfecting her skills as a glass bender for more than 20 years. Jessica Christian,, "Glass bender melds art, science to create and restore neon signs," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of bender

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bender

: a period when someone gets very drunk

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