Meaning of bent


Pronunciation: (bent), [key]
— 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. bent merchandise.
    1. morally crooked; corrupt.
    2. stolen:bent merchandise.
    3. homosexual.
  1. direction taken, as by one's interests; inclination: a bent for painting.
  2. capacity of endurance: to work at the top of one's bent.
  3. a transverse frame, as of a bridge or an aqueduct, designed to support either vertical or horizontal loads.
  4. bent state or form; curvature.


Pronunciation: (bent), [key]
— n.
  1. See
  2. a stalk of bent grass.
  3. (formerly) any stiff grass or sedge.
  4. a moor; heath; tract of uncultivated, grassy land, used as a pasture or hunting preserve.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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