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Mending

Mend \Mend\ (m[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mended; p. pr. & vb. n. Mending.] [Abbrev. fr. amend. See Amend.]

  1. 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.

  2. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.

    The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it.
    --Sir W. Temple.

  3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.

    Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.
    --Mortimer.

    You mend the jewel by the wearing it.
    --Shak.

    Syn: To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct; rectify; reform.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

mending

noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He liked making and mending, had a marked instinct for understanding things mechanical.
▪ Her father left things with her for mending, like a sheep leaves its wool on a fence, in passing.
▪ I went to my room and calmed myself with some invisible mending.
▪ She can also turn her hand to mending and spotting.
▪ Sometimes, indeed, we both sat at the table doing our mending or writing letters.
▪ The housekeeper was in charge of mending and looking after all the linen from the various parts of the house.
WordNet

mending

  1. n. garments that must be repaired

  2. the act of putting something in working order again [syn: repair, fix, fixing, fixture, mend, reparation]

Wiktionary

mending

n. The act by which something is mended or repaired. vb. (present participle of mend English)

Usage examples of "mending".

Kari was doing her end-of-the-week mending by the kitchen window when Alec wandered in with his bow.

In the late hours of the following morning, Christina was mending the hem on one of her skirts when Amine came into the tent very slowly.

But although there was much to be done as well in mending old covers, mounting worn title-pages, and such like, in this department Mr Cupples would accept no assistance.

He looked at Inga rocking to and fro in the squeaking rocking chair mending the clothes in her lap.

And, Sir, he is a valetudinarian, one of those who are always mending themselves.

For the most part he remained silent, seated on his little bedstead, occupied in mending his own boots.

Madeleine Witherson 334 saved and all their friends in Hollywood - will repay what she did for them by repenting also, and mending their depraved ways.

The repairs and mending on their armour had been done in the fieldthis was an army a long way from home, a long way from resupply annexes.

He walked past them, mending a damaged leaf here, making another unpleasant for the insects who tried to gnaw on it.

Bazie, who was mending a stocking as dexterously as he had unpicked the design on the napkins.

They all had their book-bags, pockets, and arms filled with stones lately broken for mending the turnpike road, mostly granite, but partly whinstone and flint.

Four of the men on White Cow worked for the Bluestem Ranches down below, mowing and baling hay, mending fences, moving cattle from one pasture to another, doing whatever workers do on a ranch.

Later, while the old man slept and she sat mending a snag in the sole of one of his moccasins and stuffing extra mosses and lichens into the padded innersole, Torka and Lonit came to her.

The children, were attentive: the Teaching was always better then gutting and preserving fish, or net mending, and longline baiting.

Celoron tells of the mending of boats at the end of his Chautauqua portages, and that statement, with other like incidents, has led one authority to picture the birches--those beautiful white and golden trees of the sombre northern woods that gave their cloaks to the travellers who asked and shivered till they grew others--stripped of their bark where those paths came down to the streams.