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1 a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path" [syn: crook, turn]
2 movement that causes the formation of a curve [syn: bending]
3 curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.) [syn: curve]
4 an angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow" [syn: fold, crease, plication, flexure, crimp]
5 a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range
6 diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left [syn: bend dexter]


1 form a curve; "The stick does not bend" [syn: flex] [ant: straighten]
2 change direction; "The road bends"
3 cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; "bend the rod"; "twist the dough into a braid"; "the strong man could turn an iron bar" [syn: flex, deform, twist, turn] [ant: unbend]
4 bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse" [syn: crouch, stoop, bow]
5 turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest [syn: deflect, turn away]
6 bend a joint; "flex your wrists"; "bend your knees" [syn: flex] [also: bent]bent adj
1 altered from an originally straight condition; "a bent wire"
2 fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event" [syn: bent on(p), dead set(p), intent on(p), out to(p)]
3 used of the back and knees; stooped; "on bended knee"; "with bent (or bended) back" [syn: bended]
4 used especially of the head or upper back; "a bent head and sloping shoulders" [syn: bowed, inclined]
5 of metal e.g.; "bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders" [syn: crumpled, dented]


1 a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious" [syn: set]
2 grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens [syn: bent grass, bent-grass]
3 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" [syn: knack, hang]bent See bend

User Contributed Dictionary

see Bent



  • /bent/
  • /bent/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt


  1. Of something that is usually straight: folded.
  2. In the context of "slang|derogatory|mostly|UK": Homosexual.
  3. Determined or insistent.
    He was bent on going to Texas, but not even he could say why.
  4. Of a person leading a life of crime.
  5. In the context of "slang|football": inaccurate at shooting
    That shot was so bent it left the pitch.



Determined or insistent


  1. An inclination or talent.
    He had a natural bent for painting.
  2. A predisposition to act or react in a particular way.
    His mind was of a technical bent.


  1. past of bend



  1. are (second person singular present tense of zijn)






From Persian (band).



Extensive Definition

The term bent may refer to:


bent in German: Bent
bent in French: Bent
bent in Italian: Bent
bent in Dutch: Bent

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