BEND, (1) (From Old Eng. bendan), a bending or curvature, as in "the bend of a river," or technically the ribs or "wales" of a ship. (2) (From Old Eng. bindan, to bind), a nautical term for a knot, the "cable bend," the "fisherman's bend." (3) (From the Old Fr. bende, a ribbon), a term of heraldry, signifying a diagonal band or stripe across a shield from the dexter chief to the sinister base; also in tanning, the half of a hide from which the thinner parts have been trimmed away, "bend-leather" being the thickest and best sole-leather.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)