the bends

Definition of the bends

medical

  1. :  a painful and dangerous condition caused by rising to the surface too quickly after being deep underwater breathing compressed air

Word by Word Definitions

bendplay bends
  1. :  to constrain or strain to tension by curving

    :  to turn or force from straight or even to curved or angular

    :  to force from a proper shape

  1. :  the act or process of bending :  the state of being bent

    :  something that is bent: such as

    :  a curved part of a path (as of a stream or road)

  1. :  a diagonal band that runs from the dexter chief (see 3chief 1) to the sinister base (see 1base 4) on a heraldic shield — compare bend sinister

    :  a knot by which one rope is fastened to another or to some object


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