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bent 1

 (bĕnt)
v.
Past tense and past participle of bend1.
adj.
1. Altered from an originally straight or even condition: picked up pieces of bent wire.
2. Determined to take a course of action: I was bent on going to the concert.
3. Chiefly British Corrupt; venal.
n.
1. A tendency, disposition, or inclination: "The natural bent of my mind was to science" (Thomas Paine).
2. A transverse structural member or framework that is used for strengthening a bridge or trestle.

bent 2

 (bĕnt)
n.
1. Bentgrass.
2. The stiff stalk of various grasses.
3. An area of grassland unbounded by hedges or fences.

[Middle English, from Old English beonet (attested only in place names ); akin to German Binse, rush.]

bent

(bɛnt)
adj
1. not straight; curved
2. (foll by on) fixed (on a course of action); resolved (to); determined (to)
3. slang
a. dishonest; corrupt
b. (of goods) stolen
c. crazy; mad
d. Brit offensive homosexual
n
4. personal inclination, propensity, or aptitude
5. capacity of endurance (esp in the phrase to the top of one's bent)
6. (General Engineering) civil engineering a framework placed across a structure to stiffen it

bent

(bɛnt)
n
1. (Plants) short for bentgrass
2. (Plants) a stalk of bent grass
3. (Plants) archaic any stiff grass or sedge
4. dialect Scot and Northern English heath or moorland
[Old English bionot; related to Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz rush]

bent1

(bɛnt)

adj.
1. curved; crooked: a bent back.
2. determined; set; resolved: bent on succeeding.
3. Chiefly Brit. corrupt.
n.
4. 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.
[1525–35; orig. past participle of bend 1]

bent2

(bɛnt)

n.
2. a stalk of bent grass.
[1300–50; Middle English; Old English beonet-, beonot-, c. Old High German binuz rush]

Bending/Bent

 
  1. As crooked as a corkscrew —George Kaufman and Moss Hart
  2. As crooked as a dog’s elbow —F. T. Elworthy
  3. As crooked as a ram’s horn —Charles Caleb Colton
  4. Bending from the waist as if he was going to close up like a jackknife —John Dos Passos
  5. Bend like a finger joint —Charles Wright
  6. Bend like sheets of tin —Palmer Cox
  7. Bends with her laugh … like a rubber stick being shaken —Alice McDermott
  8. Bent as a country lane —John Wainwright
  9. Bent double like a tree in a high wind —Caryl Phillips
  10. Bent down like violets after rain —Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  11. Bent like a birch ice-laden —James Agee
  12. Bent like a bow —Aharon Megged

    A variation on the bent bow image from William Mcllvanney’s novel, Laidlow: “Arching his body like a bow.”

  13. Bent like a broken flower —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  14. Bent like a rainbow —Robert Southey

    Another way to express this image is to be “Bent like a rainbow arch.”

  15. Bent … like a soldier at the approach of an assault —Victor Hugo
  16. Bent like a wishbone —William Kennedy
  17. Bent slightly like a man who has been shot but continues to stand —Flannery O’Connor
  18. (The headwaiter) bowed like a poppy in the breeze —Ogden Nash
  19. Bows down like a willow tree in a storm —Erich Maria Remarque
  20. Coiled like a fetus —William H. Gass

    A variation by Derek Lambert:“Curled up like a bulky fetus.”

  21. Coiled up like the letter ‘S’ —Damon Runyon
  22. Crooked like a comma —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  23. Curled himself like a comma into the waiting cab —William H. Hallhan
  24. Curled like a ball —Sterling Hayden
  25. Curled up in a ball like a wet puppy —Amos Oz
  26. Curled up [in sleeping position] like a fist around an egg —Leonard Michaels
  27. Curled up like a gun-dog —Colette
  28. (Bent over your books) curled up like a porcupine with a bellyache —Marge Piercy
  29. Curled up like fried bacon —Anon
  30. Curling up like a small animal —Nina Bawden
  31. Curling up like burning cardboard —Lawrence Durrell
  32. [A cat] curls up like a dormer mouse —Jayne Anne Phillips
  33. Drooped like a flower in the frost —John Greenleaf Whittier
  34. Folded over like a ruler from the waist —William H. Gass
  35. Folded up, like a marionette with cheap wooden hinges, and sat down —Graham Masterton
  36. (Never will I be) gibbous like the moon —Diane Ackerman
  37. Lean forward like firemen pulling a hose —Miller Williams
  38. Tilting like a paper cutout —Susan Minot
  39. Twisted as an old paint tube —Fannie Hurst
  40. A very old lady, her back curved over like a snail’s —Daphne Merkin
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bent - a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
2.bent - grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greensbent - grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
grass - narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
Agrostis, genus Agrostis - annual or perennial grasses cosmopolitan in northern hemisphere: bent grass (so named from `bent' meaning an area of unfenced grassland)
Agrostis canina, brown bent, dog bent, Rhode Island bent, velvet bent, velvet bent grass - common grass with slender stems and narrow leaves
Agrostis nebulosa, cloud grass - Spanish grass with light feathery panicles grown for dried bouquets
Agrostis palustris, creeping bent, creeping bentgrass - common pasture or lawn grass spread by long runners
3.bent - an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedgesbent - an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
grassland - land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
4.bent - 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"
endowment, natural endowment, talent, gift - natural abilities or qualities
Adj.1.bent - fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"
resolute - firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination; "stood resolute against the enemy"; "faced with a resolute opposition"; "a resolute and unshakeable faith"
2.bent - used of the back and kneesbent - used of the back and knees; stooped; "on bended knee"; "with bent (or bended) back"
unerect - not upright in position or posture
3.bent - of metal e.g.bent - of metal e.g.; "bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"

bent

adjective
2. stooped, bowed, arched, hunched, stooping a bent, frail, old man
3. (Brit. informal) corrupt, crooked (informal), rotten, shady (informal), fraudulent, dishonest, unscrupulous, unethical, venal, unprincipled, bribable a bent accountant
4. (Offensive slang) gay, homosexual, queer (informal, derogatory) an actor who was as bent as a nine-bob note
noun
1. inclination, ability, taste, facility, talent, leaning, tendency, preference, faculty, forte, flair, knack, penchant, bag (slang), propensity, aptitude, predisposition, predilection, proclivity, turn of mind his bent for natural history
bent on intent on, committed to, set on, fixed on, hell bent on (informal), predisposed to, obsessive about, fixated on, resolved on, insistent on He's bent on suicide.

bent

adjective
1. Deviating from a straight line:
2. On an unwavering course of action:
noun
Translations
dispozicenadánínečestnýohnutýsklon
anlægbøjetflairtalentuhæderlig
taipunuttaittunutkiero
nepoštensavijen
görbehajlott
tilhneiging, hneigî
不正直な曲がった
굽은부정직한
nosliecetieksme
aanleggebogenkrommet de zinnen gezet opomkoopbaar
gârbov
böjdoärlig
โกงกินคดงอ
congkhông trung thực

bent

[bent]
A. PT & PP of bend
B. ADJ
1. [wire, pipe] → doblado; (= twisted) → torcido
2. (esp Brit) (= dishonest) → pringado (Sp) , chueco (LAm) , corrupto
3. (Brit) (= homosexual) → del otro bando, invertido
4. to be bent on doing sth (fig) (= determined) → estar resuelto a or empeñado en hacer algo
to be bent on a quarrelestar resuelto a or empeñado en provocar una riña
to be bent on pleasureestar resuelto a or empeñado en divertirse
C. N (= inclination) → inclinación f; (= aptitude) → facilidad f
of an artistic bentcon una inclinación artística, con inclinaciones artísticas
to follow one's bentseguir su inclinación
he has a bent for annoying peopletiene una facilidad para molestar a la gente

bent

[ˈbɛnt]
pt
pp of bend
n (= flair) → dispositions fpl, penchant m
adj
(= out of shape) [lever, axle] → coudé(e); [nail, fork] → tordu(e); [tree] → courbé(e); [wire, pipe] → tordu(e); (intentionally) [wire] → plié(e)
a bent fork → une fourchette tordue
(= bowed) [head] → baissé(e)
[person] to be bent double (British) to be bent over double (US) (in pain)être tordu(e) de douleur; (laughing)être plié(e) de rire
[person] (= dishonest) → véreux/euse
a bent copper → un ripou , un flic véreux
(= resolved) to be bent on sth → être résolu(e) à qch
to be bent on doing sth → être résolu(e) à faire qch

bent

pret, ptp of bend
adj
metal etcgebogen; (= out of shape)verbogen
(Brit inf: = dishonest) personkorrupt; affairunsauber (inf); he’s benter ist ein krummer Hund (inf)
(Brit pej inf: = homosexual) → andersrum pred (inf)
to be bent on something/doing somethingetw unbedingt or partout wollen/tun wollen; he seemed bent on self-destructioner schien von einem Selbstzerstörungstrieb besessen zu sein
n (= aptitude)Neigung f(for zu); (= type of mind, character)Schlag m; to follow one’s bentseiner Neigung folgen; people with or of a musical bentMenschen mit einer musikalischen Veranlagung; people of his bentLeute seines Schlags

bent

1 [bɛnt]
1. pt, pp of bend
2. adj
a. (wire, pipe) → piegato/a, storto/a (fam) (dishonest) → losco/a (offensive) (homosexual) → invertito/a
b. (fig) (determined) to be bent on sth/on doing sthessere deciso/a a qc/a fare qc
to be bent on a quarrel → voler proprio litigare
3. n (aptitude) → inclinazione f, disposizione f
to follow one's bent → seguire la propria inclinazione

bent

2 [bɛnt] n (Bot) common bentagrostide f bianca

bent2

(bent) noun
a natural inclination. a bent for mathematics.

bent

غَيْرُ أَمِيـن, مُنْعَطِف nečestný, ohnutý bøjet, uhæderlig gebeugt, unehrlich ανέντιμος, λυγισμένος corrupto, doblado, tramposo kiero, taipunut tordu, véreux nepošten, savijen disonesto, piegato 不正直な, 曲がった 굽은, 부정직한 krom, omkoopbaar bøyd, korrupt nieuczciwy, zgięty desonesto, dobrado бесчестный, изогнутый böjd, oärlig โกงกิน, คดงอ bükülmüş, namussuz cong, không trung thực 不诚实的, 弯曲的

bent

n. inclinación, curvatura;
a. encorvado-a; inclinado-a;
vt. pp. defend.

bent

pret & pp de bend
References in classic literature ?
said Meg, bent on making him say whether he thought her improved or not.
Here comes Goosal I think," murmured Tom, and he pointed to an Indian, bent with the weight of years, who, led by Tal's wife, was slowly approaching the hut.
He looked at us understandingly, then took grandmother's hand and bent over it.
They were leaning toward each other as the wateroaks bent from the sea.
He paused and turned his head quickly toward a thicket, and then bent his eyes suspiciously on their guide, who continued his steady pace, in undisturbed gravity.
While the latter expression was yet on his lips, he caught a glimpse of Hepzibah, who had involuntarily bent forward to the window; and then the smile changed from acrid and disagreeable to the sunniest complacency and benevolence.
But the mother did not seem to hear it, at his arrival in the market-place, and some time before she saw him, the stranger had bent his eyes on Hester Prynne.
struck up the contending weapons, and an assisting student straightened the bent one.
This must be the devil, and no man of flesh and blood,'' whispered the yeoman to each other; ``such archery was never seen since a bow was first bent in Britain.
His head was bent down, his bright eyes were fixed upon me, his stumpy hands clenched and held close by his side.
IN a large and pleasant garden sat little Annie all alone, and she seemed very sad, for drops that were not dew fell fast upon the flowers beside her, who looked wonderingly up, and bent still nearer, as if they longed to cheer and comfort her.
Starting and turning round, he beheld a naked savage with a bow bent, and the arrow pointed at his breast.