bent

[Bent]

If you have a knack or aptitude for doing something, you can say you have a bent for it. Perhaps you have a bent for woodworking, creating fabulous desserts, or writing poetry, you are good at it.

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imp. & p. p. of Bend.

Noun
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"

Noun
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"

Noun
grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens

Adjective S.
of metal e.g.; "bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders"

Adjective S.
used especially of the head or upper back; "a bent head and sloping shoulders"

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Adjective S.
used of the back and knees; stooped; "on bended knee"; "with bent (or bended) back"

Adjective S.
fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"

Adjective S.
altered from an originally straight condition; "a bent wire"



of Bend


imp. & p. p. of Bend.

a. & p. p.
Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.

a. & p. p.
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.

v.
The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.

v.
A declivity or slope, as of a hill.

v.
A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim.

v.
Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.

v.
A transverse frame of a framed structure.

v.
Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.

n.
A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.

n.
A grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America.

n.
Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor.


Bent

Bent , imp. & p. p. of Bend.

Bent

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.

Bent

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.
4. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
Bents and turns of the matter.
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.
Syn. -- Predilection; turn. 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.

Bent

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.
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.

imp. & p. p. of Bend.

Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.

The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.

A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.

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Usage Examples

Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste.

I keep guitars that are, you know, the neck's a little bit bent and it's a little bit out of tune. I want to work and battle it and conquer it and make it express whatever attitude I have at that moment. I want it to be a struggle.

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

'Tis education forms the common mind just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.

Delaware State began as a school bent on service - teaching education, social services and nursing.

It's funny, growing up there was never anybody around me with any kind of artistic bent.

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.

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Other Usage Examples

Islam is a violent, I was going to say religion, but it's not a religion. It's a political system. It's a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination. That is the ultimate aim.

Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.

I believe that what we are fighting here is not just a small group of people who have hijacked a religion, but it is a civilization bent on destroying ours.

In fact, the U.S. military has bent over backwards to respect the religious beliefs of some very dangerous fanatics who want to kill us.

American officials have bent over backwards to show how sensitive they are to Muslim culture. It didn't seem very effective. They seem to be worried about winning the respect of other people.

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots.

I have spent over 60 years bent over a guitar and to know that I wrote 70 compositions that masters have recorded, that makes me feel so good and full, and proud and thankful to the good Lord.

Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.

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