Main definitions of bent in English

: bent1bent2

bent1

  • past and past participle of bend

adjective

  • 1Sharply curved or having an angle:

    ‘a piece of bent wire’
    • ‘Unfortunately his car had to be withdrawn from the feature due to a bent axle.’
    • ‘A little further along there was a bent bicycle wheel, a set of keys…’
    • ‘So her mum used a bent oven tray to scoop up all the caterpillars.’
    • ‘The risk to the shoulder is such that a rounded-off, bent elbow technique is a better, safe approach.’
    • ‘A horde of boys and girls is playing next to it, doing gymnastics on a bent lamp pole.’
    • ‘Begin lying supine with the ball between bent knees and extend your arms above your shoulders.’
    • ‘I made the best of it though, and barely noticed the increasing dampness of my right shoulder under the bent right-half corner of my umbrella.’
    • ‘My jeans snag onto a bent section of wire, jutting squarely out into the space.’
    • ‘Dust the wound with rooting hormone, then lay it along the bottom of your hole, using a bent piece of wire to keep it in place.’
    • ‘If wind blows the netting around, anchor it into the ground with bent wire.’
    • ‘The damage to his car was a bent chassis leg, damage to the bonnet, two wings, bumper and cross member.’
    • ‘Then it all came back: the angle of the stroke, the bent knees and stooped posture, the gliding rhythm.’
    • ‘Working with animal forms, she's used compressed mattress springs and bent wire to form quirky, ethereal beings.’
    • ‘Containing bent pins, human hair and perhaps urine, the bottles were supposed to protect a household against evil spells.’
    • ‘But, most of these figures have a limited range of posture, with the bent head, suggesting defeat, or failure.’
    • ‘Peg the stem securely into the trench with bent wire. Bend up the shoot tip and tie to a cane fixed firmly in the soil to keep the shoot upright.’
    • ‘His arrows were at his side and a lute was strung over his back with its bent neck protruding over his shoulder.’
    • ‘The bent wires and wind-twisted poles surrounded the area and at the far end, an abandoned warehouse stood within the storm.’
    • ‘Wires and bent iron rods that once reinforced the concrete dangle from the ceiling.’
    • ‘The shape of his bent body is echoed perfectly by the curve of the car's steering wheel.’
    twisted, crooked, warped, contorted, deformed, misshapen, out of shape, irregular
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  • 2British informal Dishonest; corrupt:

    ‘a bent cop’
    • ‘The spy was a bent motor dealer who controlled a network of car thieves and was supplying vehicles to a terrorist organisation.’
    • ‘He is only interested in the truth and along the way comes up against bent cops, the mob and an extremely hostile family, who are hiding the truth from their own.’
    • ‘Most punters are aware that there are a few bent people in racing but if anything, that gives it a bit of interest, something to gossip about.’
    • ‘They were shaken down by bent cops, leaned on by mobsters and harried by the FBI.’
    • ‘By using data transmitted directly from the vehicle, the likelihood of false readings is much reduced - which is good news for everybody but the bent salesman.’
    • ‘It depicts a world of violence, greed and corruption peopled by hookers, bent and not so bent cops and twisted violent lunatics.’
    • ‘Stopping a horse winning in the old days usually required the involvement of an old-fashioned bent bookie, a breed that has become rare since betting became corporatised.’
    • ‘Then a cold glint appeared in his eye as a reminder of just what he's seen and potentially done in all his years as a bent cop.’
    • ‘This is as bad as a bent cop forging evidence to put a real criminal away.’
    • ‘The plot is that the parole officer witnesses a murder committed by a bent copper.’
    • ‘But once a stolen masterpiece or a valuable objet d'art appears in the press, on TV, or in trade publications, no honest dealer will touch it and even the bent dealer handles it at his peril.’
    • ‘He mixes easily with criminals, and suspicions abound that he was a bent copper who left under a cloud.’
    • ‘Perhaps the company might like also to consider a device which can detect meetings between cricketers and bent bookies - now that would be a breakthrough.’
    corrupt, corruptible, bribable, buyable, venal, fraudulent, swindling, grafting, criminal, lawless, villainous
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    1. 2.1 Stolen.
      • ‘That is what happens when you buy bent goods off a crook for a knock down price.’
      • ‘It is fair to say that not all sellers of these fake items are knowingly selling bent goods as genuine.’
      • ‘Your retailer will then have to sue the company, or whoever's fault this fiasco is, for passing them bent merchandise.’
      stolen, illegally obtained, under the counter, illegal, illicit, unlawful, smuggled, bootleg, contraband
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  • 3British informal, offensive (of a man) homosexual.

    gay, lesbian, sapphic, lesbigay
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  • 4bent onDetermined to do or have:

    ‘a missionary bent on saving souls’
    ‘a mob bent on violence’
    • ‘It is an industry ripe for penetration by hardened terrorist cells bent on finding new ways of wreaking havoc.’
    • ‘I agree with them when they say that this vast majority are not bent on civil war.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, some people seem hell bent on wrecking things for everyone else.’
    • ‘Yet the presidency and the legislature appear bent on dealing with each other.’
    • ‘Someone bent on fraud will always find a way through the regulatory loopholes.’
    • ‘Yet they seem to have gone on a solo run, bent on forcing change without recognising their own vulnerability.’
    • ‘We are not all rampaging capitalists bent on the destruction of the working class.’
    • ‘Councillors felt it was a lot of money to spend if a few youths were bent on vandalising it.’
    • ‘All said and done, the police authorities seem to be bent on going ahead with their welcome experiment.’
    • ‘Almost from the moment of his birth in 1694, Voltaire was bent on reinventing himself.’
    • ‘What I learned has strengthened my belief that the Premier is bent on independence at any cost.’
    • ‘He attributed this move to individuals in society who are bent on seeing the demise of the party.’
    • ‘Critics of the group say it is bent on increasing state control over business, politics and society.’
    • ‘A group of angry young men and women bent on violence has disrupted a meeting of elected politicians.’
    • ‘The only menace around here is a government that is hell bent on enforcing its totalitarian controls on everything we do.’
    • ‘In East Germany he teamed up with a group of dissidents bent on escape, and fell in love with a girl called Antje.’
    • ‘Her fate and sad history have made a woman of her, and now she is bent on repairing the ravages of time.’
    • ‘The cowboys, denoted by a red sash around the waist, are bent on wreaking havoc wherever they go.’
    • ‘Personally, I am expecting a great game from two teams that are hell bent on winning.’
    • ‘You knew that this was going to be a movie about a man who was bent on controlling his message.’
    intent on, determined on, set on, insistent on, fixed on, resolved on, hell-bent on, firm about, committed to
    single-minded about, obsessive about, obsessed with, fanatical about, fixated on
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noun

  • A natural talent or inclination:

    ‘a man of a religious bent’
    ‘she had no natural bent for literature’
    • ‘Research requires an inquisitive and independent bent, and rewards these talents handsomely.’
    • ‘Whatever your political or religious bent, you're not likely to be offended by this movie.’
    • ‘The music led him to art classes and then, in the 1960s, he began to apply his creative bent to the construction skills he had learned in the navy.’
    • ‘Labor movements of a more radical bent were inclined to adopt socialistic programs.’
    • ‘He has a talent for being a down-and-out guy and he has a natural bent for comedy, as Russ reminded me on the way out of the theater.’
    • ‘She comes from New Caledonia near Australia and made the headlines when she seemed to show a bent for physics.’
    • ‘In fact, in the sense employed in this article, there is no intrinsic connection between having a bent for ideas and having a high IQ.’
    • ‘He particularly points out that James proved a highly capable naval officer, a career for which he seems to have had a natural bent.’
    • ‘More than anyone else, Dante never failed to make her want to laugh or scowl or rage - and had the bent for inducing within her the latter.’
    • ‘Our natural bent toward efficiency in consuming information will turn blogs into another mainstream medium.’
    • ‘For those of you with time on your hands and a similar bent for political theater, you can download the images for flagmaking here.’
    • ‘Voices shift in the canticle, and interpretations vary widely, depending on the era and religious bent of the reader.’
    • ‘One can also find differences in the attitudes of the professionals depending on their ideological bent.’
    • ‘But behind her vulnerable persona was a woman who was a ‘practised liar’ with a bent for sexual fantasy.’
    • ‘His mother didn't have time or inclination to shape his creative bents, so he did so alone, and with the aid of teachers or circumstances.’
    • ‘Howard has a bent for rebellion and grand causal schemes and shares that and other preoccupations with his grandparents.’
    • ‘For nearly as long, pilgrims with a bent for writing have felt compelled to set down what they experienced.’
    • ‘Intentionally choosing people with varying experiences, bents and expertise is preferable.’
    • ‘We'll be hearing from a few people who would definitely be classed as New Agers, but with a bent for ecological activism.’
    • ‘Maybe the best bets for taking on this project are bright lawyers who combine a bent for original thinking with a desire to work on behalf of public good.’
    inclination, predisposition, disposition, instinct, orientation, leaning, tendency, penchant, bias, predilection, proclivity, propensity, talent, gift, flair, ability, knack, aptitude, facility, faculty, skill, capability, capacity, forte, genius
    mind, brain, head
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Pronunciation

bent

/bɛnt/

Main definitions of bent in English

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bent2

noun

  • 1A stiff grass which is used for lawns and is a component of pasture and hay grasses.

    • ‘He hasn't fed his bent grass lawn in 10 years, and he says it looks fine.’
    • ‘At the new Golf Course, the architect is trying an experimental blend of salt-tolerant fescues and bent grasses.’
    • ‘The grasses used may be native to the area or specially introduced species such as rye grass, fescue, or bent grasses, although sometimes cereals such as barley or oats are used.’
    • ‘The creation of the road, however, has made an opening for other kinds of plants, including fescue, bent grasses, myriad leaf, a stinging nettle, western dock, and the colorful fireweed.’
    • ‘It may be necessary to re-sow lawns using tougher grasses such as rye, as the softer and lusher fescues and bents so commonly used today will burn up in the hot summer sun.’
    1. 1.1 The stiff flowering stalk of a grass:
      ‘those nasty bents of ryegrass that are very efficient at ducking the mower’
      • ‘The children had busily gathered the small red fruit, and strung it upon long bents of grass, to keep it as a dessert to the dinner they were going to eat in the woods.’
      • ‘The nest contained three fresh eggs; it was made of leaves and moss, lined with bents of grass, between two branches but partially resting on a third, in a bush at the outskirts of a forest on a steep bank and about eight feet from the ground.’
      • ‘She pulled a bent of grass and plucked off its dry spikelets one by one.’
      • ‘In my account of this species, I had stated that “its attempts at forming a nest are of the rudest kind, a few bents of grass or other dry materials loosely collected round the edges being deemed a sufficient preparation.”’
      • ‘He beheld Essie in her pretty gipsy hat and holland dress, with all her bird-like daintiness, kneeling on the moss far below him, threading the scarlet beads on bents of grass, with the little ones round her.’
    2. 1.2archaic Any stiff or rushlike grass or sedge.
  • 2dialect, archaic A heath or unenclosed pasture.

Origin

Middle English: from Old English beonet (recorded in place names), of West Germanic origin; related to German Binse.

Pronunciation

bent

/bɛnt/