Pronunciation: (bent),[key] —adj. 1. curved; crooked: a bent bow; a bent stick. 2. determined; set; resolved (usually fol. by on): to be bent on buying a new car. 3. Chiefly Brit. Slang. a. morally crooked; corrupt.
b. stolen: bent merchandise. c. homosexual.
—n. 1. direction taken, as by one's interests; inclination: a bent for painting. 2. capacity of endurance: to work at the top of one's bent. 3. Civ. Eng.a transverse frame, as of a bridge or an aqueduct, designed to support either vertical or horizontal loads.
4. Archaic.bent state or form; curvature.
Pronunciation: (bent),[key] —n. 1. See bent grass. 2. a stalk of bent grass.
3. Scot., Northern Eng.(formerly) any stiff grass or sedge.
4. Brit. Dial.a moor; heath; tract of uncultivated, grassy land, used as a pasture or hunting preserve.