bend

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bend

(bend) a flexure or curve; a flexed or curved part.
varolian bend  the third cerebral flexure in the developing fetus.
References in classic literature ?
This he twice or thrice repeated with much complacency, as he again dispersed the legs of the Turkish trousers and bent the knees.
On October 14, for instance, ABC's Primetime Live bent the knee before the Kinsey altar, featuring a glowing interview with actress Laura Linney.