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

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The 181 mind benders and games all use real-world scenarios that athletes, military personnel, and first responders might encounter. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can Solve This Puzzle, You Can Survive the Apocalypse," 17 Jan. 2019 Battle’s visions appear to represent a bridge between the previous generation of circuit benders and what its future could look like. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Circuit bending: Hacking a Furby in the name of music," 14 Sep. 2018 Desks line one wall of the plant so engineers and marketers can work cheek-to-jowl, while heavy manufacturing equipment like laser cutters, tube benders, and CNC machines lines the far wall. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 Newbury came up with a bender of a trip, exploring 66 countries over two years via private jet. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 So, most people that made a real go at being professional circuit benders now make modules. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Circuit bending: Hacking a Furby in the name of music," 14 Sep. 2018 An omnipotent Apollo scowls over the mantel; a hungover Bacchus sleeps off a bender in a bedroom downstairs. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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

informal : a period when someone gets very drunk

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