bent


1bent

noun \ˈbent\

Definition of BENT

1
:  unenclosed grassland
2
a (1) :  a reedy grass (2) :  a stalk of stiff coarse grass
b :  bent grass

Origin of BENT

Middle English, grassy place, bent grass, from Old English beonot-; akin to Old High German binuz rush
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

2bent

adjective

: having a shape that is changed by bending : not straight

: not honest

Full Definition of BENT

1
:  changed by bending out of an originally straight or even condition <bent twigs>
2
:  strongly inclined :  determined —usually used with on <was bent on going>
3
slang
a :  different from the normal or usual
b chiefly British :  dishonest, corrupt
bent out of shape
:  extremely upset or angry

Examples of BENT

  1. With your knees slightly bent, bend forward and touch your toes.
  2. <the drug dealer knew which of the cops were bent>

Origin of BENT

Middle English, from past participle of benden to bend
First Known Use: 14th century

3bent

noun

Definition of BENT

1
a :  a strong inclination or interest :  bias
b :  a special inclination or capacity :  talent
2
:  capacity of endurance
3
:  a transverse framework (as in a bridge) to carry lateral as well as vertical loads

Origin of BENT

irregular from 1bend
First Known Use: 1586

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