the bends

plural noun

Definition of the bends

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

Learn More About the bends

Dictionary Entries Near the bends

the bench

the bends

the benefit of the doubt

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for the bends

Cite this Entry

“The bends.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20bends. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!