Definitions for bentbɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. curved; crooked:

    a bent back.

  2. determined; set; resolved:

    bent on succeeding.

  3. Chiefly Brit. corrupt.

    Category: British

  4. (n.)predilection; talent:

    a bent for painting.

  5. capacity of endurance.

  6. a transverse frame, as of a bridge or an aqueduct, designed to support either vertical or horizontal loads.

    Category: Civil Engineering

Origin of bent:

1525–35; orig. ptp. of bend1


  1. Ref: bent grass.

  2. a stalk of bent grass.

Origin of bent:

1300–50; ME; OE beonet-, beonot-, c. OHG binuz rush

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bent, set(noun)

    a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way

    "the set of his mind was obvious"

  2. bent, bent grass, bent-grass(noun)

    grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens

  3. bent(noun)

    an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges

  4. bent, knack, hang(adj)

    a special way of doing something

    "he had a bent for it"; "he had a special knack for getting into trouble"; "he couldn't get the hang of it"

  5. bent, bent on(p), dead set(p), out to(p)(adj)

    fixed in your purpose

    "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"

  6. bended, bent(adj)

    used of the back and knees; stooped

    "on bended knee"; "with bent (or bended) back"

  7. bent, crumpled, dented(adj)

    of metal e.g.

    "bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bentɛnt

    the past tense and the past participle of "bend"

  2. bent(adjective)ɛnt

    curved and not straight or flat

    a badly bent bumper

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bent

    of Bend

  2. Bent

    imp. & p. p. of Bend

  3. Bent

    changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever

  4. Bent

    strongly inclined toward something, so as to be resolved, determined, set, etc.; -- said of the mind, character, disposition, desires, etc., and used with on; as, to be bent on going to college; he is bent on mischief

  5. Bent

    the state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow

  6. Bent

    a declivity or slope, as of a hill

  7. Bent

    a leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim

  8. Bent

    particular direction or tendency; flexion; course

  9. Bent

    a transverse frame of a framed structure

  10. Bent

    tension; force of acting; energy; impetus

  11. Bent(noun)

    a reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass

  12. Bent(noun)

    a grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America

  13. Bent(noun)

    any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor


  1. Bent

    Bent is a 1979 play by Martin Sherman. It revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word "bent" used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. In some regards, the play helped increase that historical research and education in the 1980s and 1990s. The play starred Ian McKellen in its original 1979 West-End production, and Richard Gere in its original 1980 Broadway production. In 1989, Sean Mathias directed a revival of the play, performed as a one-night benefit for Stonewall, featuring Ian McKellen, Richard E Grant, Ian Charleson, and Ralph Fiennes. After receiving critical acclaim, Mathias directed a full run in 1990, with Ian McKellen, Paul Rhys, and Christopher Eccleston, which won the City Limits Award for Revival of the Year. In 1997, Martin Sherman adapted Bent into a film of the same name, which was directed by Sean Mathias.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4280

Translations for bent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a natural inclination

a bent for mathematics.

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