Adjective "bent" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/bɛnt/

Definitions and examples

    adjective

    Sharply curved or having an angle.
    1. 'But, most of these figures have a limited range of posture, with the bent head, suggesting defeat, or failure.'
    2. 'The shape of his bent body is echoed perfectly by the curve of the car's steering wheel.'
    3. 'Containing bent pins, human hair and perhaps urine, the bottles were supposed to protect a household against evil spells.'
    4. 'His arrows were at his side and a lute was strung over his back with its bent neck protruding over his shoulder.'
    5. 'I made the best of it though, and barely noticed the increasing dampness of my right shoulder under the bent right-half corner of my umbrella.'
    6. 'My jeans snag onto a bent section of wire, jutting squarely out into the space.'
    7. 'A horde of boys and girls is playing next to it, doing gymnastics on a bent lamp pole.'
    8. 'Then it all came back: the angle of the stroke, the bent knees and stooped posture, the gliding rhythm.'
    9. 'Begin lying supine with the ball between bent knees and extend your arms above your shoulders.'
    10. 'The risk to the shoulder is such that a rounded-off, bent elbow technique is a better, safe approach.'
    Dishonest; corrupt.
    1. 'Most punters are aware that there are a few bent people in racing but if anything, that gives it a bit of interest, something to gossip about.'
    2. 'But once a stolen masterpiece or a valuable objet d'art appears in the press, on TV, or in trade publications, no honest dealer will touch it and even the bent dealer handles it at his peril.'
    3. 'Perhaps the company might like also to consider a device which can detect meetings between cricketers and bent bookies - now that would be a breakthrough.'
    4. 'They were shaken down by bent cops, leaned on by mobsters and harried by the FBI.'
    5. 'The spy was a bent motor dealer who controlled a network of car thieves and was supplying vehicles to a terrorist organisation.'
    6. 'By using data transmitted directly from the vehicle, the likelihood of false readings is much reduced - which is good news for everybody but the bent salesman.'
    7. 'This is as bad as a bent cop forging evidence to put a real criminal away.'
    8. 'It is fair to say that not all sellers of these fake items are knowingly selling bent goods as genuine.'
    Homosexual.
      Determined to do or have.
      1. 'a mob bent on violence'
      2. 'Yet the presidency and the legislature appear bent on dealing with each other.'
      3. 'Personally, I am expecting a great game from two teams that are hell bent on winning.'
      4. 'The cowboys, denoted by a red sash around the waist, are bent on wreaking havoc wherever they go.'
      5. 'Her fate and sad history have made a woman of her, and now she is bent on repairing the ravages of time.'
      6. 'I agree with them when they say that this vast majority are not bent on civil war.'
      7. 'The only menace around here is a government that is hell bent on enforcing its totalitarian controls on everything we do.'
      8. 'What I learned has strengthened my belief that the Premier is bent on independence at any cost.'
      9. 'A group of angry young men and women bent on violence has disrupted a meeting of elected politicians.'
      10. 'Almost from the moment of his birth in 1694, Voltaire was bent on reinventing himself.'
      11. 'It is an industry ripe for penetration by hardened terrorist cells bent on finding new ways of wreaking havoc.'

      noun

      A natural talent or inclination.
      1. 'she had no natural bent for literature'
      2. 'Labor movements of a more radical bent were inclined to adopt socialistic programs.'
      3. 'He particularly points out that James proved a highly capable naval officer, a career for which he seems to have had a natural bent.'
      4. 'Whatever your political or religious bent, you're not likely to be offended by this movie.'
      5. 'Our natural bent toward efficiency in consuming information will turn blogs into another mainstream medium.'
      6. 'She comes from New Caledonia near Australia and made the headlines when she seemed to show a bent for physics.'
      7. 'Intentionally choosing people with varying experiences, bents and expertise is preferable.'
      8. 'One can also find differences in the attitudes of the professionals depending on their ideological bent.'
      9. 'He has a talent for being a down-and-out guy and he has a natural bent for comedy, as Russ reminded me on the way out of the theater.'
      10. 'For those of you with time on your hands and a similar bent for political theater, you can download the images for flagmaking here.'
      11. 'Howard has a bent for rebellion and grand causal schemes and shares that and other preoccupations with his grandparents.'

      noun

      A stiff grass which is used for lawns and is a component of pasture and hay grasses.
      1. 'The grasses used may be native to the area or specially introduced species such as rye grass, fescue, or bent grasses, although sometimes cereals such as barley or oats are used.'
      2. 'At the new Golf Course, the architect is trying an experimental blend of salt-tolerant fescues and bent grasses.'
      3. 'those nasty bents of ryegrass that are very efficient at ducking the mower'
      4. 'She pulled a bent of grass and plucked off its dry spikelets one by one.'
      5. 'In my account of this species, I had stated that “its attempts at forming a nest are of the rudest kind, a few bents of grass or other dry materials loosely collected round the edges being deemed a sufficient preparation.”'
      A heath or unenclosed pasture.

        Definitions

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

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

        3. Chiefly British Slang. morally crooked; corrupt. stolen: bent merchandise. homosexual. noun

        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. Civil Engineering. a transverse frame, as of a bridge or an aqueduct, designed to support eithe

        More examples(as adjective)

        "players can be bent on things."

        "drivers can be bent on things."

        "towns can be bent on governments."

        "places can be bent on things."

        "people can be bent towards portraits."

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        Origin

        (bent)Middle English: from Old English beonet (recorded in place names), of West Germanic origin; related to German Binse.

        Phrase

        bent out of shape