1 The generic maritime name for a knot which is used to join two ropes or hawsers together or to attach a rope or cable to an object. In strict maritime meaning, a knot is one which entails unravelling the strands of a rope and tucking them over and under each other, such as in a stopper knot, and is akin to a splice in this respect. Bends, which are also known hitches, have a variety of different forms designed to perform a particular function on board ship. When used as a verb, it is the operation aboard a ship of joining one rope to another or to some other object, originally with a bend or hitch. It is also used still to describe the attachment of sails to the spars or forestays of sailing vessels and yachts, though in fact more modern methods are employed for doing so. Also, a cable is still bent to an anchor even though it is in fact joined to it by an iron shackle.
2 In sailing vessels, the chock of the bowsprit.
Some basic elements of bends [a] Bight [b] Round turn [c] Half hitch [d] Twist [e] Overhand knot