bend sinister


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.
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   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.
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   Bend sinister (Her.), an honorable ordinary drawn from the
      sinister chief to the dexter base.
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