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. fixed in your purpose; " bent on going to the theater"; " dead set against intervening"; " out to win every event"
  8. imp. & amp; p. p. of Bend.
  9. Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.
  10. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.
  11. A declivity or slope, as of a hill.
  12. A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim.
  13. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
  14. A transverse frame of a framed structure.
  15. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.
  16. A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.
  17. A grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America.
  18. Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor.
  19. imp. & p. p. of Bend.
  20. 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.
  21. Of bend.
  22. Curved; crooked; strongly inclined; determined.
  23. A turn; a leaning ( mental or intellectual) toward something; as, a bent for music; disposition; a stiff or wiry grass.
  24. Pa. t. and pa. p. of BEND.
  25. Leaning or bias: fixed tendency or set of the mind.
  26. A coarse grass.
  27. A coarse grass or sedge; tendency; inclination.
  28. Imp. & pp. of BEND, v.
  29. Tendency; disposition.
  30. The limit of endurance or capacity.
  31. A stiff wiry grass.
  32. Utmost exertion; inclination; leaning or bias of mind; fixed tendency; particular direction.
  33. The agrostis, a wiry creeping grass; a withered stalk of grass.
  34. Curved; inclined; prone to; determined; in bot., hanging down towards the ground.
  35. 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.

Usage examples for bent

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. I didn't know one of them, but they seemed bent on having fair play. – Kitty's Conquest by Charles King
  4. Edwin approached his bed and bent over him. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  5. 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
  6. All eyes Were bent upon her. – Alcyone by Archibald Lampman
  7. He bent toward her, took her hand, and raised it to his lips. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  8. If England is bent upon war, why should we sacrifice our blood and treasure upon it? – The Coming Conquest of England by August Niemann
  9. He bent over and kissed Sidney on the lips. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  10. Then he bent over his little girl. – A Little Book for Christmas by Cyrus Townsend Brady
  11. 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
  12. For years she has been bent on Nevil's marriage. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  13. Uncle William bent forward, watching it. – Uncle William The Man Who Was Shif'less by Jennette Lee
  14. " 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
  15. You are bent upon a career in life. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. He bent his head slightly, and left the room. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse