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Meaning of BENT

Pronunciation:  bent

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"
  3. [n]  grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
  4. [adj]  used especially of the head or upper back; "a bent head and sloping shoulders"
  5. [adj]  used of the back and knees; stooped; "on bended knee"; "with bent (or bended) back"
  6. [adj]  of metal e.g.; "bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders"
  7. [adj]  fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"
  8. [adj]  altered from an originally straight condition; "a bent wire"
 

BENT is a 4 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: bended, bent grass, bent on(p), bentgrass, bowed, crooked, crumpled, damaged, dead set(p), dented, hang, inclined, intent on(p), knack, out to(p), resolute, set, unerect
 
 See Also: Agrostis, Agrostis canina, Agrostis nebulosa, Agrostis palustris, brown bent, cloud grass, creeping bent, creeping bentgrass, disposition, dog bent, endowment, genus Agrostis, gift, grass, inclination, natural endowment, Rhode Island bent, talent, tendency, velvet bent, velvet bent grass

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Bent\,
    imp. & p. p. of {Bend}.
    
    
  2. \Bent\, a. & p. p.
    1. Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight;
       crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.
    
    2. 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.
    
    
  3. \Bent\, n. [See {Bend}, n. & v.]
    1. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a
       straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.
       [Obs.] --Wilkins.
    
    2. A declivity or slope, as of a hill. [R.] --Dryden.
    
    3. A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind;
       inclination; disposition; purpose; aim. --Shak.
    
             With a native bent did good pursue.   --Dryden.
    
    4. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
    
             Bents and turns of the matter.        --Locke.
    
    5. (Carp.) A transverse frame of a framed structure.
    
    6. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus. [Archaic]
    
             The full bent and stress of the soul. --Norris.
    
    Syn: Predilection; turn.
    
    Usage: {Bent}, {Bias}, {Inclination}, {Prepossession}. These
           words agree in describing a permanent influence upon
           the mind which tends to decide its actions. Bent
           denotes a fixed tendency of the mind in a given
           direction. It is the widest of these terms, and
           applies to the will, the intellect, and the
           affections, taken conjointly; as, the whole bent of
           his character was toward evil practices. Bias is
           literally a weight fixed on one side of a ball used in
           bowling, and causing it to swerve from a straight
           course. Used figuratively, bias applies particularly
           to the judgment, and denotes something which acts with
           a permanent force on the character through that
           faculty; as, the bias of early education, early
           habits, etc. Inclination is an excited state of desire
           or appetency; as, a strong inclination to the study of
           the law. Prepossession is a mingled state of feeling
           and opinion in respect to some person or subject,
           which has laid hold of and occupied the mind previous
           to inquiry. The word is commonly used in a good sense,
           an unfavorable impression of this kind being
           denominated a prejudice. ``Strong minds will be
           strongly bent, and usually labor under a strong bias;
           but there is no mind so weak and powerless as not to
           have its inclinations, and none so guarded as to be
           without its prepossessions.'' --Crabb.
    
    
  4. \Bent\, n. [AS. beonet; akin to OHG. pinuz, G. binse, rush,
    bent grass; of unknown origin.]
    1. A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.
    
             His spear a bent, both stiff and strong. --Drayton.
    
    2. (Bot.) A grass of the genus {Agrostis}, esp. {Agrostis
       vulgaris}, or redtop. The name is also used of many other
       grasses, esp. in America.
    
    3. Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor.
       [Obs.] --Wright.
    
             Bowmen bickered upon the bent.        --Chevy Chase.
    
    
 
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