- The definition of bent is someone who is determined to take a specific course of action.
An example of bent on something is someone who is determined to go to a specific college.
- Bent is defined as something that is not straight.
An example of bent is a candy cane.
These candy canes are bent.
bent definition by Webster's New World
- made curved or crooked; not straight
- strongly inclined or determined: with on: bent on going
- set in a course; bound: westward bent
- dishonest; crooked
- eccentric; odd
- an inclination; tendency
- a natural leaning or tendency; propensity: a bent for music, a criminal bent
- a framework transverse to the length of a structure, for supporting lateral as well as vertical loads
- any of a genus (Agrostis) of dense, low-growing perennial grasses that spread by putting out runners and are often used for lawns and golf greensalso called bentgrass
- the stiff flower stalk of certain grasses
- Chiefly Brit., Now Dial. a heath; moor
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English beonot, bent, a rush ; from West Germanic an unverified form binut from source German binse
bent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Altered from an originally straight or even condition: pieces of bent wire.
- Determined to take a course of action: I was bent on going to the theater.
- Chiefly British Corrupt; venal.
- A tendency, disposition, or inclination: “The natural bent of my mind was to science” (Thomas Paine).
- A transverse structural member or framework used for strengthening a bridge or trestle.
- Bent grass.
- The stiff stalk of various grasses.
- An area of grassland unbounded by hedges or fences.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English beonet (attested only in place names).
bent - Phrases/Idioms
bent out of shapeâ
to (or at) the top of one's bent
Variant of bend
- Obsolete to cause tension in (a bow, etc.), as by drawing with a string
- to force (an object) into a curved or crooked form, or (back) to its original form, by turning, pulling, pressing, etc.
- to turn from a straight line: light rays are bent by refraction
- to make submit or give in: to bend another's will to one's wishes
- to turn or direct (one's eyes, attention, energy, etc. to)
- to cause to have a fixed purpose; determine: used in the passive voice: he was bent on success
- to incline or tend (to or toward)
- Naut. to attach; fasten: to bend a signal flag onto a halyard
Origin: Middle English benden ; from Old English bendan, to confine with a string (; from Germanic an unverified form bandjan ; from an unverified form bindan from source bind); hence, to fetter, bend (a bow)
- to turn or be turned from a straight line or from some direction or position
- to yield by curving or crooking, as from pressure
- to crook or curve the body from a standing position; stoop (over or down)
- to give in; yield: he bent to her wishes
- Archaic to direct one's attention, energy, etc. (to something)
- a bending or being bent
- a bent or curving part, as of a river
- Naut. a wale: usually used in pl.
- bendable adjective