In heraldry, the bend is one of the ordinaries, or more important figures. It is formed of two parallel lines drawn from the dexter to the sinister base. Consequently it passes athwart (crosswise across) the shield. It is supposed to represent a shoulder belt or scarf worn over the shoulder.
Related term(s): Heraldry; Ordinary; Base (Heraldry); Dexter; Sinister; Arms (Heraldry)
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 56.