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Definition of Bent


  1. of Bend
  2. imp. & p. p. of Bend.
  3. Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.
  4. 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.
  5. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.
  6. A declivity or slope, as of a hill.
  7. A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim.
  8. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
  9. A transverse frame of a framed structure.
  10. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus.
  11. A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.
  12. A grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America.
  13. Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor.

Bent Quotations

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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Khalil Gibran

The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
Edgar Allan Poe

I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.
Henry David Thoreau
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Bent Translations

bent in Dutch is gebogen, krom
bent in German is gebogen, beugte, gebogen
bent in Latin is camur, curvus
bent in Portuguese is curvado

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