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’
    ‘his bent shoulders’
    • ‘His arrows were at his side and a lute was strung over his back with its bent neck protruding over his shoulder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bent wires and wind-twisted poles surrounded the area and at the far end, an abandoned warehouse stood within the storm.’
    • ‘A horde of boys and girls is playing next to it, doing gymnastics on a bent lamp pole.’
    • ‘Unfortunately his car had to be withdrawn from the feature due to a bent axle.’
    • ‘Containing bent pins, human hair and perhaps urine, the bottles were supposed to protect a household against evil spells.’
    • ‘Working with animal forms, she's used compressed mattress springs and bent wire to form quirky, ethereal beings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The damage to his car was a bent chassis leg, damage to the bonnet, two wings, bumper and cross member.’
    • ‘My jeans snag onto a bent section of wire, jutting squarely out into the space.’
    • ‘A little further along there was a bent bicycle wheel, a set of keys…’
    • ‘But, most of these figures have a limited range of posture, with the bent head, suggesting defeat, or failure.’
    • ‘So her mum used a bent oven tray to scoop up all the caterpillars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then it all came back: the angle of the stroke, the bent knees and stooped posture, the gliding rhythm.’
    • ‘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 risk to the shoulder is such that a rounded-off, bent elbow technique is a better, safe approach.’
    • ‘Begin lying supine with the ball between bent knees and extend your arms above your shoulders.’
    twisted, crooked, warped, contorted, deformed, misshapen, out of shape, irregular
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  • 2British informal Dishonest; corrupt.

    ‘a bent cop’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The plot is that the parole officer witnesses a murder committed by a bent copper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It depicts a world of violence, greed and corruption peopled by hookers, bent and not so bent cops and twisted violent lunatics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were shaken down by bent cops, leaned on by mobsters and harried by the FBI.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is as bad as a bent cop forging evidence to put a real criminal away.’
    • ‘The spy was a bent motor dealer who controlled a network of car thieves and was supplying vehicles to a terrorist organisation.’
    • ‘He mixes easily with criminals, and suspicions abound that he was a bent copper who left under a cloud.’
    corrupt, corruptible, bribable, buyable, venal, fraudulent, swindling, grafting, criminal, lawless, villainous
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    1. 2.1 Stolen.
      • ‘It is fair to say that not all sellers of these fake items are knowingly selling bent goods as genuine.’
      • ‘That is what happens when you buy bent goods off a crook for a knock down price.’
      • ‘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 offensive, informal 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’
    • ‘I agree with them when they say that this vast majority are not bent on civil war.’
    • ‘Someone bent on fraud will always find a way through the regulatory loopholes.’
    • ‘He attributed this move to individuals in society who are bent on seeing the demise of the party.’
    • ‘We are not all rampaging capitalists bent on the destruction of the working class.’
    • ‘Almost from the moment of his birth in 1694, Voltaire was bent on reinventing himself.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, some people seem hell bent on wrecking things for everyone else.’
    • ‘Critics of the group say it is bent on increasing state control over business, politics and society.’
    • ‘Yet they seem to have gone on a solo run, bent on forcing change without recognising their own vulnerability.’
    • ‘You knew that this was going to be a movie about a man who was bent on controlling his message.’
    • ‘Councillors felt it was a lot of money to spend if a few youths were bent on vandalising it.’
    • ‘It is an industry ripe for penetration by hardened terrorist cells bent on finding new ways of wreaking havoc.’
    • ‘A group of angry young men and women bent on violence has disrupted a meeting of elected politicians.’
    • ‘In East Germany he teamed up with a group of dissidents bent on escape, and fell in love with a girl called Antje.’
    • ‘What I learned has strengthened my belief that the Premier is bent on independence at any cost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All said and done, the police authorities seem to be bent on going ahead with their welcome experiment.’
    • ‘Yet the presidency and the legislature appear bent on dealing with each other.’
    • ‘The only menace around here is a government that is hell bent on enforcing its totalitarian controls on everything we do.’
    • ‘Personally, I am expecting a great game from two teams that are hell bent on winning.’
    intent on, determined on, set on, insistent on, fixed on, resolved on, hell-bent on, firm about, committed to
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noun

  • A natural talent or inclination.

    ‘a man of religious bent’
    ‘she had no natural bent for literature’
    • ‘We'll be hearing from a few people who would definitely be classed as New Agers, but with a bent for ecological activism.’
    • ‘He particularly points out that James proved a highly capable naval officer, a career for which he seems to have had a natural bent.’
    • ‘Labor movements of a more radical bent were inclined to adopt socialistic programs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She comes from New Caledonia near Australia and made the headlines when she seemed to show a bent for physics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whatever your political or religious bent, you're not likely to be offended by this movie.’
    • ‘For nearly as long, pilgrims with a bent for writing have felt compelled to set down what they experienced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Howard has a bent for rebellion and grand causal schemes and shares that and other preoccupations with his grandparents.’
    • ‘Voices shift in the canticle, and interpretations vary widely, depending on the era and religious bent of the reader.’
    • ‘Intentionally choosing people with varying experiences, bents and expertise is preferable.’
    • ‘One can also find differences in the attitudes of the professionals depending on their ideological bent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our natural bent toward efficiency in consuming information will turn blogs into another mainstream medium.’
    • ‘Research requires an inquisitive and independent bent, and rewards these talents handsomely.’
    • ‘For those of you with time on your hands and a similar bent for political theater, you can download the images for flagmaking here.’
    • ‘But behind her vulnerable persona was a woman who was a ‘practised liar’ with a bent for sexual fantasy.’
    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
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Phrases

  • bent out of shape

    • informal Angry or agitated.

      ‘it was just a mistake, nothing to get bent out of shape about’
      • ‘It really wasn't such a security issue, but there were definitely people who would get all bent out of shape if they'd seen him do it.’
      • ‘Don't get bent out of shape over it, he thought to himself.’
      • ‘I'm in my last semester of college, so I am wondering if his moving in is just an additional stressor that's getting me all bent out of shape.’
      • ‘Be calm, be reasonable, don't get bent out of shape yet.’
      • ‘Extractions can be like that, and I don't get bent out of shape over it.’
      • ‘I don't get too bent out of shape like some bartenders do.’
      • ‘I find it funny that celebrities get so bent out of shape when the public complains about their use of fame and the media to spout their views.’
      • ‘I was just trying to be nice, he had no reason to get bent out of shape.’
      • ‘Secondly, there is nothing about my post that was bent out of shape, angry or vitriolic.’
      • ‘You're just lucky you're cute, or they'd still be bent out of shape for having to study your book in school.’

Pronunciation

bent

/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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The stiff flowering stalk of a grass.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.”’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2archaic Any stiff-stemmed or rushlike grass or sedge.
  • 2British dialect, 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

/bent//bɛnt/