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Definitions of bent

  1. used of the back and knees; stooped; " on bended knee"; " with bent ( or bended) back"
  2. altered from an originally straight condition; " a bent wire"
  3. 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"
  4. a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; " the set of his mind was obvious"
  5. grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
  6. used especially of the head or upper back; " a bent head and sloping shoulders"
  7. of metal e. g.; " bent nails"; " a car with a crumpled front end"; " dented fenders"
  8. fixed in your purpose; " bent on going to the theater"; " dead set against intervening"; " out to win every event"
  9. imp. & amp; p. p. of Bend.
  10. Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.
  11. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.
  12. A declivity or slope, as of a hill.
  13. A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim.
  14. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
  15. A transverse frame of a framed structure.
  16. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.
  17. A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.
  18. A grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America.
  19. Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor.
  20. imp. & p. p. of Bend.
  21. 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.
  22. Of bend.
  23. Curved; crooked; strongly inclined; determined.
  24. A turn; a leaning ( mental or intellectual) toward something; as, a bent for music; disposition; a stiff or wiry grass.
  25. Pa. t. and pa. p. of BEND.
  26. Leaning or bias: fixed tendency or set of the mind.
  27. A coarse grass.
  28. A coarse grass or sedge; tendency; inclination.
  29. Imp. & pp. of BEND, v.
  30. Tendency; disposition.
  31. The limit of endurance or capacity.
  32. A stiff wiry grass.
  33. Utmost exertion; inclination; leaning or bias of mind; fixed tendency; particular direction.
  34. The agrostis, a wiry creeping grass; a withered stalk of grass.
  35. One who.
  36. Curvature; the tension or strain of the mental powers; disposition towards something; inclination.
  37. Curved; inclined; prone to; determined; in bot., hanging down towards the ground.
  38. The culms or dry stalks of pasture grasses; a coarse grass which creeps and roots rapidly through the soil by its wiry and jointed stems, and thus binds it together, very difficult to eradicate.
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Quotes of bent

  1. Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth. – Ambrose Bierce
  2. Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste. – Thomas Edward Brown
  3. Never weather -beaten sail more willing bent to shore. – Thomas Campion
  4. Delaware State began as a school bent on service- teaching education, social services and nursing. – Michael N. Castle
  5. Junipers are generally chosen for the latter purpose, as they can be more readily bent into the desired form; the eyes and tongue are added afterwards, and the representation altogether is really good. – Robert Fortune
  6. The more we are consuming oil that either comes from places that are bent on our destruction or helping those who are... the more we are enabling those who are trying to kill us. – Frank Gaffney
  7. A man can't ride your back unless it's bent – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. The final outcome cannot be known, either to the originator of a new theory, or to his colleagues and critics, who are bent on falsifying it. Thus, the scientific innovator may feel all the more lonely and uncertain. – Peter D. Mitchell
  9. A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we see things but how we see them. – Michel de Montaigne
  10. As the tree is bent so it will grow. – Bill O'Reilly
  11. I believe that what we are fighting here is not just a small group of people who have hijacked a religion, but it is a civilization bent on destroying ours. – Tom Tancredo
  12. As the twig is bent the tree inclines. – Virgil
  13. In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful. – Alice Walker
  14. All we need is a meteorologist who has once been soaked to the skin without ill effect. No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days. – E. B. White

Usage examples for bent

  1. If England is bent upon war, why should we sacrifice our blood and treasure upon it? – The Coming Conquest of England by August Niemann
  2. All eyes Were bent upon her. – Alcyone by Archibald Lampman
  3. She held out her hand as she rose to leave him, and he bent over it and touched it with his lips, as he would have kissed the hand of his mother. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  4. He bent toward her, took her hand, and raised it to his lips. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  5. For years she has been bent on Nevil's marriage. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. He bent his head slightly, and left the room. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  7. And the proud Duke bent his knee to Witichis, who raised him and pressed him to his heart. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  8. Hetty, too, heard it, and bent her head. – Hetty Wesley by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  9. Uncle William bent forward, watching it. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  10. Faversham bent forward and spoke earnestly: I understand that your wife and child left you twenty years ago. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  11. Lotty laughed very much too, and at the end of it bent down and kissed her again- kissed her several times. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  12. I went on then to open the door, and I saw him with his head bent down to her, and her two hands held in his. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. You are bent upon a career in life. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  14. She bent her head. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  15. Then he bent over his little girl. – A Little Book for Christmas by Cyrus Townsend Brady
  16. Colwyn bent his head nearer, and those standing by could see the dying man whispering into the detective's ear. – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  17. Edwin approached his bed and bent over him. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  18. I didn't know one of them, but they seemed bent on having fair play. – Kitty's Conquest by Charles King
  19. " I wish I had known you sooner," whispered Rose when Prissie bent down and kissed her before leaving her for the night. – A Sweet Girl Graduate by Mrs. L.T. Meade
  20. He bent over and kissed Sidney on the lips. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart

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