from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make repairs or restoration to; fix.
- transitive v. To reform or correct: mend one's ways.
- intransitive v. To improve in health or condition: The patient is mending well.
- intransitive v. To heal: The bone mended in a month.
- intransitive v. To make repairs or corrections.
- n. The act of mending: did a neat mend on the sock.
- n. A mended place: You can't tell where the mend is.
- idiom mend fences To improve poor relations, especially in politics: "Whatever thoughts he may have entertained about mending some fences with [them] were banished” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien).
- idiom on the mend Improving, especially in health.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A place, as in clothing, which has been repaired by mending.
- n. The act of repairing.
- v. To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine.
- v. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
- v. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
- v. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved; to recover; to heal.
- transitive v. To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create.
- transitive v. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken.
- transitive v. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To repair, as something broken, defaced, deranged, or worn; make whole or fit for use; restore to a sound or serviceable condition: as, to mend shoes or clothes, a wall or a road.
- To correct or reform; make or set right; bring to a proper state or condition: as, to mend one's ways, health, or fortune; that will not mend the matter.
- To improve; make better in any way; help, further, better, advance in value or consideration, etc.
- To improve upon; add to; surpass or outdo: as, to mend one's shot (that is, to make a better one).
- To grow or do better; improve; act or behave better.
- n. Amendment; improvement; course of improvement; way to recoversy: as, to be on the mend (said especially of a person recovering from illness).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
- n. the act of putting something in working order again
- n. sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
- v. heal or recover
-- "Well, well," quoth the doctor, "I will make it up with your Majesty on these terms, -- as _you mend I'll mend_."
The intent of the mend is to create slack in faster water.
The mend is such a major part of line control and can mean the difference between a five fish day and a ten fish day.
Another school that has its program on the mend is Baylor.
Radke remains on the mend from a pulled groin muscle.
People dare not let themselves think or feel in this centre of frivolity and folly; they would go mad if they did, and universally commit suicide; for to 'take a thocht and mend' is far from their intention.
Will Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag mend their wounded friendship?
So, let's see if evidence of the economy on the mend is a golden opportunity or fool's gold.
Luckily she is now home and on the mend, which is good, because we have another family crisis related to another child.
I have the pleasure to assure him of his being so utterly in the darkness of error, that any possible change he can make in his opinions, right or left, must be for the better: he cannot stir, but he will mend, which is a delightful thought for the moral and blundering mind.