bent


bent
bent1
/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.
n.
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 BEND1]
Syn. 1. bowed, flexed. 2. fixed. 4. tendency, propensity, proclivity, predilection, penchant, partiality, leaning, bias.
bent2
/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]

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