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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bend \Bend\, n. [AS. bend. See Band, and cf. the preceding noun.] 1. A band. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. [OF. bende, bande, F. bande. See Band.] (Her.) One of the honorable ordinaries, containing a third or a fifth part of the field. It crosses the field diagonally from the dexter chief to the sinister base. [1913 Webster] Bend sinister (Her.), an honorable ordinary drawn from the sinister chief to the dexter base. [1913 Webster]