a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
"the set of his mind was obvious"
bent, bent grass, bent-grass(noun)
grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
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"
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"
used of the back and knees; stooped
"on bended knee"; "with bent (or bended) back"
bent, crumpled, dented(adj)
of metal e.g.
"bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders"
imp. & p. p. of Bend
changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever
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
the state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow
a declivity or slope, as of a hill
a leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim
particular direction or tendency; flexion; course
a transverse frame of a framed structure
tension; force of acting; energy; impetus
a reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass
a grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America
any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bent, pa.t. and pa.p. of Bend.
bent, n. leaning or bias: tendency: intention: natural inclination of the mind towards anything: the condition of being bent, curved form: (rare) slope or declivity: (Shak.) a cast, as of the eye: the extent to which a bow may be bent—degree of tension, capacity of endurance, as in the phrase 'to the top of one's bent' = to the full measure of one's inclination. [See Bend.]
bent, n. any stiff or wiry grass: the old dried stalks of grasses: a special genus (Agrostis) containing about sixty species of grasses, all slender and delicate in appearance, and some useful as pasture-grasses and for hay: a place covered with such, a heath: a hillside.—Often Bent′-grass.—Ben′net is a variant, a name applied to the wild barley-grass.—adj. Bent′y.—To take to the bent (Scot.), to fly to the moors, to escape from some danger by flight. [A.S. beonet, found in place-names, as Beonetléah, Bentley; the history is obscure, but the word is doubtless Teut.; cf. Ger. binse.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'bent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4280
The numerical value of bent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of bent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
If a railroad is bent, the train shall turn over; if a man’s character is bent, he shall turn over just like that train.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
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Translations for bent
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- педерастки, влечение, склонен, огънат, склонностBulgarian
- tortCatalan, Valencian
- gebeugt, gebogenGerman
- predisposición, plegado, inclinaciónSpanish
- taittunut, taipunutFinnish
- lùbachScottish Gaelic
- görbe, hajlottHungarian
- тырышуу, тилек, чабынды, шыктуулук, ынта, кунт, эңкейиш, жантайма, ийретүү, кыйшык, умтулган, муундуу, шык, бурулуш, бүкчүйгөн, шалбаа, кайрылыш, муунактуу, кыйшайуу, ийри-буйру, ийилген, ынтызарлык, адат, куштарлык, талаа, өнөкөт, умтулуу, ийрейүүKyrgyz
- gebogen, aanleg, met de zinnen gezet opDutch
- îndoit, gârbovRomanian
- изогнутый, искривлённый, гнутый, кривой, согнутыйRussian
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