Meaning of BENT in English


bent 1

/bent/ , adj.

1. curved; crooked: a bent bow; a bent stick.

2. determined; set; resolved (usually fol. by on ): to be bent on buying a new car.

3. Chiefly Brit. Slang.

a. morally crooked; corrupt.

b. stolen: bent merchandise.

c. homosexual.


4. direction taken, as by one's interests; inclination: a bent for painting.

5. capacity of endurance: to work at the top of one's bent.

6. Civ. Eng. a transverse frame, as of a bridge or an aqueduct, designed to support either vertical or horizontal loads.

7. Archaic. bent state or form; curvature.

[ 1525-35; orig. ptp. of BEND 1 ]

Syn. 1. bowed, flexed. 2. fixed. 4. tendency, propensity, proclivity, predilection, penchant, partiality, leaning, bias.

bent 2

/bent/ , n.

1. See bent grass .

2. a stalk of bent grass.

3. Scot. , Northern Eng. (formerly) any stiff grass or sedge.

4. Brit. Dial. a moor; heath; tract of uncultivated, grassy land, used as a pasture or hunting preserve.

[ 1300-50; ME; earlier benet-, bunet- (in compounds), OE beonet-, beonot- (in place names); c. OHG binuz (cf. G Binse ) rush ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .