|1.||not straight; curved|
|a. dishonest; corrupt|
|b. (of goods) stolen|
|c. crazy; mad|
|d. offensive (Brit) homosexual|
|4.||personal inclination, propensity, or aptitude|
|5.||capacity of endurance (esp in the phrase to the top of one's bent)|
|6.||civil engineering a framework placed across a structure to stiffen it|
|1.||short for bent grass|
|2.||a stalk of bent grass|
|3.||archaic any stiff grass or sedge|
|4.||dialect (Scot), (Northern English) heath or moorland|
|[Old English bionot; related to Old Saxon binet, Old High German binuz rush]|
v. bent (běnt), bend·ing, bends
To incline the body; stoop.
Also, bent upon. Determined, resolved, as in Jamie is bent on winning the math prize. This phrase, first recorded in 1762, always uses the past participle of the verb bend in the sense of "tend toward."