Dictionary: BE-MIN'GLE – BEND'A-BLE

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BE-MIN'GLE, v.t. [be and mingle.]

To mingle; to mix. [Little used.]

BE-MIRE', v.t. [be and mire.]

To drag or incumber in the mire; to soil by passing through mud or dirty places. – Swift.

BE-MIST', v.t. [be and mist.]

To cover or involve in mist. [Not used.] – Felton.

BE-MOAN', v.t. [be and moan.]

To lament; to bewail; to express sorrow for; as, to bemoan the loss of a son. – Jeremiah.


That may be lamented. [Not used.] – Sherwood.


Lamented; bewailed.


One who laments.


Lamenting; bewailing.

BE-MOCK', v.i.

To laugh at.

BE-MOCK', v.t. [be and mock.]

To treat with mockery. [Little used.] – Shak.

BE-MOIL', v.t. [be and moil. Fr. mouiller, to wet.]

To bedraggle; to bemire; to soil or incumber with mire and dirt. [Not in use.] – Shak.


To moisten; to wet.

BE-MOL', n.

In music, a half note. – Bacon.

BE-MON'STER, v.t. [be and monster.]

To make monstrous. [Not in use.] – Shak.

BE-MOURN', v.t.

To weep or mourn over. [Little used.]

BE-MUS'ED, a. [be and muse.]

Overcome with musing; dreaming; a word of contempt. – Johnson. Pope.

BEN, or BEN'NUT, n.

A purgative fruit or nut, the largest of which resembles a filbert, yielding an oil used in pharmacy. – Encyc.

BENCH, n. [Ir. binse; Corn. benk; Sax. benc; Fr. banc. See Bank.]

  1. A long seat, usually of board or plank, differing from a stool in its greater length.
  2. The seat where judges sit in court; the seat of justice. Hence,
  3. The persons who sit as judges; the court. – Shak. Dryden. Free bench, in England, the estate in copyhold lands, which the wife, being espoused a virgin, has for her dower, after the decease of her husband. This is various in different manors, according to their respective customs. King's Bench, in England, a court in which the king formerly sat in person, and which accompanied his household. The court consists of the Lord Chief Justice, and three other justices, who have jurisdiction over all matters of a criminal or public nature. It has a crown side and a plea side; the former determining criminal, the latter, civil causes. – Blackstone.

BENCH, v.t.

  1. To furnish with benches. – Dryden.
  2. To seat on a bench. – Shak.
  3. v. i. To sit on a seat of justice. – Shak.


  1. In England, the benchers in the inns of court, are the senior members of the society who have the government of it. They have been readers, and being admitted to plead within the bar, are called inner barristers. They annually elect a treasurer. – Encyc. Johnson.
  2. The alderman of a corporation. – Ashmole.
  3. A judge. – Shak.

BEND, n.

A band. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

BEND, n.

  1. A curve; a crook; a turn in a road or river; flexure; incurvation.
  2. In marine language, that part of a rope which is fastened to another or to an anchor. [See To bend, No.8.]
  3. Bends of a ship, are the thickest and strongest planks in her sides, more generally called wales. They are reckoned from the water, first, second or third bend. They have the beams, knees, and foot hooks bolted to them, and are the chief strength of the ship's sides. – Encyc. Mar. Dict.
  4. In heraldry, one of the nine honorable ordinaries, containing a third part of the field, when charged, and a fifth, when plain. It is made by two lines drawn across from the dexter chief, to the sinister base point. It sometimes is indented, ingrailed, &c. – Johnson. Encyc.

BEND, v.i.

  1. To be crooked; to crook, or be curving. – Sandys.
  2. To incline; to lean or turn; as, a road bends to the west.
  3. To jut over; as, a bending cliff.
  4. To resolve, or determine. [See Bent on.] – Dryden.
  5. To bow or be submissive. – Is. lx.

BEND, v.t. [pret. bended or bent; pp. bended or bent. Sax. bendan, to bend; Fr. bander, to bend, bind or tie; Ger. binden, to wind, bind or tie; D. binden, the same; Sw. banda, to bind; Dan. binder, to bind; L. pando, pandare, to bend in; pando, pandere, to open; pandus, bent, crooked; It. banda, sidewise; benda, a fillet or band; bendare, to crown; Sp. pandear, to bend or be inclined, to bulge out, to belly; pandeo, a bulge or protuberance; pando, jutting out. The primary sense is, to stretch or strain. Bend and bind are radically the same word.]

  1. To strain, or to crook by straining; as, to bend a bow.
  2. To crook; to make crooked; to curve; to inflect; as, to bend the arm.
  3. To direct to a certain point; as, to bend our steps or course to a particular place.
  4. To exert; to apply closely; to exercise laboriously; to intend or stretch; as, to bend the mind to study.
  5. To prepare or put in order for use; to stretch or strain. He hath bent his bow and made it ready. – Ps. vii.
  6. To incline; to be determined; that is, to stretch toward, or cause to tend; as, to be bent on mischief. It expresses disposition or purpose.
  7. To subdue; to cause to yield; to make submissive; as, to bend a man to our will.
  8. In seamanship, to fasten, as one rope to another or to an anchor; to fasten, as a sail to its yard or stay; to fasten, as a cable to the ring of an anchor. – Mar. Dict.
  9. To bend the brow, is to knit the brow; to scowl; to frown – Camden.


That may be bent or incurvated. – Sherwood.