from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense and past participle of bend1.
  • adj. Altered from an originally straight or even condition: pieces of bent wire.
  • adj. Determined to take a course of action: I was bent on going to the theater.
  • adj. Chiefly British Corrupt; venal.
  • n. A tendency, disposition, or inclination: "The natural bent of my mind was to science” ( Thomas Paine).
  • n. A transverse structural member or framework used for strengthening a bridge or trestle.
  • n. Bent grass.
  • n. The stiff stalk of various grasses.
  • n. An area of grassland unbounded by hedges or fences.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bend.
  • adj. folded, dented
  • adj. Homosexual.
  • adj. Determined or insistent.
  • adj. Of a person leading a life of crime.
  • adj. inaccurate at shooting
  • adj. Suffering from the bends
  • adj. high from using both marijuana and alcohol.
  • n. An inclination or talent.
  • n. A predisposition to act or react in a particular way.
  • n. Any of various stiff or reedy grasses.
  • n. A grassy area, grassland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of bend.
  • adj. Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked.
  • adj. Strongly inclined toward something, so as to be resolved, determined, set, etc.; -- said of the mind, character, disposition, desires, etc., and used with on.
  • n. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity.
  • n. A declivity or slope, as of a hill.
  • n. A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim.
  • n. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
  • n. A transverse frame of a framed structure.
  • n. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.
  • n. A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.
  • n. A grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America.
  • n. Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Curved; deflected; crooked: as, a bent stick.
  • Determined; set.
  • In mining, said of a coal-seam which is difficult to work on account of the unequal distribution of the weight of the overlying strata.
  • Bound in some direction or toward an aim; set; pointing toward something.
  • n. . The state of being bent; curved form or position; flexure; curvature.
  • n. A curved part; a crook or bend.
  • n. Degree of flexure or curvature; tension; straining; utmost force or power: an archery expression, but used figuratively of mental disposition.
  • n. Declivity; slope.
  • n. Inclination; disposition; a leaning or bias of mind; propensity: as, the bent of the mind or will; the bent of a people toward an object.
  • n. Direction taken; turn or winding.
  • n. In carpentry, a segment or section of a framed building, as of a long barn or warehouse.
  • n. A framed portion of a wooden scaffolding or trestlework, usually put together on the ground and then raised to its place.
  • n. A large piece of timber.
  • n. A cast, as of the eye; direction.
  • n. Synonyms Bent, Propensity, Bias, Inclination, Tendency, Proneness, Disposition, all keep more or less of their original figurativeness. Bent is the general and natural state of the mind as disposed toward something; a decided and fixed turning of the mind toward a particular object or mode of action. Propensity is less deep than bent, less a matter of the whole nature, and is often applied to a strong appetency toward that which is evil. Bias has often the same meaning as bent, but tends specially to denote a sort of external and continued action upon the mind: as, “morality influences men's minds and gives a bias to all their actions,” Locke. Bias is often little more than prejudice. Inclination is a sort of bent; a leaning, more or less decided, in some direction. Tendency is a little more than inclination, stronger and more permanent. Proneness is by derivation a downward tendency, a strong natural inclination toward that which is in some degree evil: as, proneness to err, to self-justification, to vice; but it is also used in a good sense. Disposition is often a matter of character, with more of choice in it than in the others, but it is used with freedom in lighter senses; as, the disposition to work; the disposition of a plant to climb.
  • n. Any stiff or wiry grass, such as grows on commons or neglected ground.
  • n. The culm or stalk of bent; a stalk of coarse withered grass; a dead stem of grass which has borne seed.
  • n. A place covered with grass; a field; uninclosed pasture-land; a heath.
  • n. The articulated group of members forming a plane frame of a framed structure, such as a bridge-truss, a braced pier, or a building-frame. A bent of trestle would comprise all the members in one transverse plane, including the sill, cap, vertical and inclined posts, and transverse bracing-members.
  • n. A cleavage-plate of slate whose sides are slightly curved, cut from gently folded beds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
  • n. grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
  • n. an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
  • adj. used of the back and knees; stooped
  • adj. fixed in your purpose
  • n. a special way of doing something
  • adj. of metal e.g.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English beonet (attested only in place names).

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From bend.

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Origin uncertain. Apparently representing Old English beonet- (attested only in place-names and personal names), cognate with Old High German binuz (modern German Binse ("rush, reed")).



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  • "bent" in Hungarian means: inside

    August 1, 2012

  • Great observation, sarra!

    September 4, 2009

  • Name for an enormous number of grasses commonly used for lawns. My favourite is creeping bent, though upland bent is a close second.

    September 4, 2009

  • Contronymic in the sense: forte, talent vs. flaw, disability.

    January 27, 2007