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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bent of metal e.g. "bent nails","a car with a crumpled front end","dented fenders"
    • adj bent used of the back and knees; stooped "on bended knee","with bent (or bended) back"
    • adj bent fixed in your purpose "bent on going to the theater","dead set against intervening","out to win every event"
    • n bent 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"
    • n bent a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way "the set of his mind was obvious"
    • n bent an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
    • n bent grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bent imp. & p. p. of Bend.
    • Bent A declivity or slope, as of a hill.
    • Bent (Bot) A grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America.
    • Bent A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim. "With a native bent did good pursue."
    • Bent A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass. "His spear a bent, both stiff and strong."
    • Bent (Carp) A transverse frame of a framed structure.
    • Bent Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor. "Bowmen bickered upon the bent ."
    • Bent Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.
    • Bent Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course. "Bents and turns of the matter."
    • Bent 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 Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus. "The full bent and stress of the soul."
    • Bent The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bent Curved; deflected; crooked: as, a bent stick.
    • bent Determined; set.
    • n bent The state of being bent; curved form or position; flexure; curvature.
    • n bent A curved part; a crook or bend.
    • n bent Degree of flexure or curvature; tension; straining; utmost force or power: an archery expression, but used figuratively of mental disposition.
    • n bent Declivity; slope.
    • n bent Inclination; disposition; a leaning or bias of mind; propensity: as, the bent of the mind or will; the bent of a people toward an object.
    • n bent Direction taken; turn or winding.
    • n bent In carpentry, a segment or section of a framed building, as of a long barn or warehouse.
    • n bent A framed portion of a wooden scaffolding or trestlework, usually put together on the ground and then raised to its place.
    • n bent A large piece of timber.
    • n bent A cast, as of the eye; direction.
    • n bent Synonyms Bent, Propensity, Bias, Inclination, Tendency, Proneness, Disposition, all keep more or less of their original figurativeness. Bent is the general and natural state of the mind as disposed toward something; a decided and fixed turning of the mind toward a particular object or mode of action. Propensity is less deep than bent, less a matter of the whole nature, and is often applied to a strong appetency toward that which is evil. Bias has often the same meaning as bent, but tends specially to denote a sort of external and continued action upon the mind: as, “morality influences men's minds and gives a bias to all their actions,” Locke. Bias is often little more than prejudice. Inclination is a sort of bent; a leaning, more or less decided, in some direction. Tendency is a little more than inclination, stronger and more permanent. Proneness is by derivation a downward tendency, a strong natural inclination toward that which is in some degree evil: as, proneness to err, to self-justification, to vice; but it is also used in a good sense. Disposition is often a matter of character, with more of choice in it than in the others, but it is used with freedom in lighter senses; as, the disposition to work; the disposition of a plant to climb.
    • n bent Any stiff or wiry grass, such as grows on commons or neglected ground. The name is given to many species, as Agrostis vulgaris, Agropyrum junceum, species of Aira, etc.; in America it is applied exclusively to Agrostis vulgaris and A. canina. Also bent-grass.
    • n bent The culm or stalk of bent; a stalk of coarse withered grass; a dead stem of grass which has borne seed.
    • n bent A place covered with grass; a field; uninclosed pasture-land; a heath.
    • bent In mining, said of a coal-seam which is difficult to work on account of the unequal distribution of the weight of the overlying strata.
    • bent Bound in some direction or toward an aim; set; pointing toward something.
    • n bent The articulated group of members forming a plane frame of a framed structure, such as a bridge-truss, a braced pier, or a building-frame. A bent of trestle would comprise all the members in one transverse plane, including the sill, cap, vertical and inclined posts, and transverse bracing-members.
    • n bent A cleavage-plate of slate whose sides are slightly curved, cut from gently folded beds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.t., pa.p Bent bent of Bend.
    • n Bent bent leaning or bias: tendency: intention: natural inclination of the mind towards anything: the condition of being bent, curved form: :
    • n Bent bent any stiff or wiry grass: the old dried stalks of grasses: a special genus (Agrostis) containing about sixty species of grasses, all slender and delicate in appearance, and some useful as pasture-grasses and for hay: a place covered with such, a heath: a hillside
    • Bent Often Bent′-grass
    • n Bent bent (rare) slope or declivity
    • n Bent bent (Shak.) a cast, as of the eye: the extent to which a bow may be bent—degree of tension, capacity of endurance, as in the phrase 'to the top of one's bent' = to the full measure of one's inclination.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is a toss up whether it is worse to be old and bent or young and broke.”
  • Vita Sackville-West
    Vita Sackville-West
    “It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.”
  • Virgil
    “As a twig is bent the tree inclines.”
  • Thomas Campion
    Thomas Campion
    “Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.”
  • Matthew Arnold
    “Still bent to make some port he knows not where, still standing for some false impossible shore.”


Bent as a nine bob note - (UK) A person who is as bent as a nine bob note is dishonest. The reference comes from pre-decimalisation in UK (1971), when a ten shilling (bob) note was valid currency but no such note as nine shillings existed.
Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined - Things, especially education, that affect and influence us in our childhood shape the kind of adult we turn out to be. (There are various versions of this, like 'As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined' and 'As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines', 'As the twig is bent so is the tree inclined')


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. beonet,; akin to OHG. pinuz, G. binse, rush, bent grass; of unknown origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Bend.


In literature:

She bent a little lower, tracing out the lines on the dog's wrinkled forehead with her finger.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Then she bent down toward me.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
So that as Barber once more bent and dragged at him, the chair and the old man followed about the kitchen.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
The tiny head beneath its crown of gold was bent down upon the mirror.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
But do you see how her ear is bent to the side?
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Her life had always had the tension of a bent bow.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The prairies were in their tenderest green, and the young grass bent lightly before a gentle west wind.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Following this outline I could see a web of railroads, like ropes bent around the lower end of the lake.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
Jason Philip bent over the table.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The ribs when thus bent were not all of the same width.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Suddenly the pastor bent down and laid his hand on her stockinged foot.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
She still leaned against the door, but her head was bent.
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
Clouds streamed across a sky that bent lower and lower towards the aspiring sea blanched with foam.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Many of the younger women, not yet wrinkled or bent by hard work, were quite pretty.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A bar of iron slightly bent at one end like the common crow, but with a shackle instead of a claw at the bent end.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The breezy irony of the dalesfolk did not spare the old man's bent head.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
She bent and kissed him.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Then he bent down in the dark to take up his case, which was close to his feet, though he could hardly see it.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
She bent and entered.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
A heavy piece of copper wire is fastened to the stern of the boat by staples, and bent as shown.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates

In poetry:

To whom hast thou e'er
Bent an humble knee?
Or before whom bowed
Seeking charity?
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
For sin's so sweet,
As minds ill-bent
Rarely repent,
Until they meet
Their punishment.
"A Hymn to God the Father" by Ben Jonson
That is the very window
Where I used to see her head
Bent over book or needle,
With ivy garlanded.
"Embalmed" by Susan Coolidge
Three kings with naught of a care
To a hunting went;
Three kings of stirrup fair
And of yew-bow bent.
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
Feet with feet are meeting,
Bent on pleasure's way;
Souls to souls give greeting
Warm on Christmas day.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"Oh, bright
Is the light
On hero slow breaking!
Rapturous faces
Bent for embraces
Watch for his waking!
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald

In news:

Racial tension at issue in Matthew Bent trial.
Biden, Ryan Bent The Truth At Times, Fact Checkers Say.
Mormon Battalion, Bent's Fort.
Earlier that year, I'd read a proposal by Benjamin Lorr for a book called Hell- Bent, about a world of obsessive, extreme yoga.
Hell- Bent by Benjamin Lorr publishes on October 30.
But it has always bent toward justice.
The answer to what did was more a guess on my part when I answered that they probably bent wood for chairs or furniture.
Serendipity intervened, and while looking at a certificate at Lake View Cemetery, I found a note written on letterhead from the Jamestown Bending Works, manufacturers of Bent Chair Stuff.
Bent, Susur Lee and sons Levi and Kai Bent -Lee's new restaurant: Review.
This June 13 at OBERON, Axe To Ice Productions and the cast of Bent Wit Cabaret let their freak flag (and pride flag) fly, while asking the question, "What the fuck am I made of".
3,200 acre wildfire in Bent County.
A wildfire is burning southeast of La Junta in Bent County, near the Otero County line.
County could cut parking near Bent Tree Park parking, park, residents, bent, tree, visitors, county, canyon, peters, lake.
All Blogs On The Download Boston Accents 12.06.12 Milling Gowns EP preview + Bent Shapes, Guillermo Sexo, Velah, Cooling Towers, Plumerai.
Best indicator of a state's political bent is its birth rate — but perhaps not for much longer.

In science:

All the access pipes and cable trays are bent so that there are no direct line-of-sight between the inner target and the external background.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
This method has been successfully used to estimate the angular momentum of vortical configuration, as well as to detect vortices which are not directly observable because they are bent or tilted .
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids
In this paper we use a simple straightforward technique to investigate the emergence of a bound state in a weakly bent wire.
Emergence of a confined state in a weakly bent wire
There are several methods to calculate the boundstates eigen energies of a bent wire (or waveguide).
Emergence of a confined state in a weakly bent wire
To summarise, in this paper we investigated the emergence of a bound state in a bent wire.
Emergence of a confined state in a weakly bent wire
At the longest wavelengths (1.4 – 30 GHz), detection of radio loud cluster galaxies at very high redshifts and detection of galaxies with bent radio lobes (suggesting passage through an ICM) can be achieved.
Multi-wavelength Surveys for Distant Clusters
In Ref. an attempt was made to determine the charge composition of UHECR by reconstructing actual arrival directions of UHECR particles bent in the Galactic magnetic field.
Cuts and penalties: comment on "The clustering of ultra-high energy cosmic rays and their sources"
If the width of the domain wall is ω ( i.e. there is a chain of ω bent spins between an up spin and a down spin ), θ is equal to π/ω, and the energy cost of a wall of thickness ω is approximately equal to ω (π/ω )2, or π 2/ω .
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields
This is the dual gravity model given in the curved space of AdS5 × S 5, a natural space bent by the mass and the charge of Nc colored branes.
An Attempt to Study Pentaquark Baryons in String Theory
Here we clearly see that the transmission has been bent.
About negative refraction and left handed materials
A Vibrating Wire Resonator (VWR), sketched on the figure 1a, is a fine superconducting wire bent into semi-circular shape and oscillating perpendicularly to its plane.
MACHe3, a prototype for non-baryonic dark matter search: KeV event detection and multicell correlation
The effects of dipolar interactions and molecular flexibility on the structure and phase behavior of bent-core molecular fluids are studied using Monte Carlo computer simulations.
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
The effects of adding three-segment flexible tails to the ends of five-sphere bent-core molecules are examined using configurational-bias Monte Carlo simulations.
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
There has been a surging interest in bent-core liquid crystals since their discovery in 19961.
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
In this work the effects of molecular dipole moments and molecular flexibility on the phase behavior of model bent-core molecules are studied using computer simulations.
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals