What does bent mean?

Definitions for bentbɛnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bent.

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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bent

    bent, pa.t. and pa.p. of Bend.

  2. Bent

    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.]

  3. Bent

    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.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Virgil:

    As a twig is bent the tree inclines.

  2. Virgil:

    As the twig is bent the tree inclines.

  3. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.

  4. Chuck Palahniuk:

    Someone bent on suicide won't have much sense of humour left.

  5. Mencius:

    Never has a man who has bent himself been able to make others straight.

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