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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bent:


Bent is sometimes a misspelling of been.

The word bent is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun bent

What does bent mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bents

  1. a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
  2. grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens
  3. an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic word: grassland = land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
  4. a special way of doing something

Alternative definition of the noun bent


  1. An inclination or talent.
  2. A predisposition to act or react in a particular way.
  3. Any of various stiff or reedy grasses.
  4. A grassy area, grassland.

Definition of the adjective bent

What does bent mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. fixed in your purpose
  2. used of the back and knees; stooped
    • example: with bent (or bended) back
    • synonym of bent: bended
    • similar: unerect
  3. of metal e.g.

Alternative definition of the adjective bent


  1. [context: Of something that is usually straight] folded, dented
  2. [derogatory, colloquial, chiefly UK] Homosexual.
  3. Determined or insistent.
  4. Of a person leading a life of crime.
  5. [slang, football] inaccurate at shooting
  6. [colloquial, chiefly US] Suffering from the bends
  7. high from using both marijuana and alcohol.


  1. "Bent" is a 1997 British/Japanese drama film directed by Sean Mathias, based on the 1979 play of the same name by Martin Sherman, who also wrote the screenplay. It revolves around the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany after the murder of SA leader Ernst Röhm on the Night of the Long Knives.
  2. Bent is an American romantic comedy television series that ran on NBC from March 21 to April 4, 2012. The series was created by Tad Quill and stars Amanda Peet as a recently divorced lawyer and David Walton as the irresponsible general contractor hired to remodel her kitchen. Supporting roles are played by Jeffrey Tambor, Margo Harshman, Pasha D. Lychnikoff and Joey King. On May 11, 2012, NBC cancelled the sitcom.


"Bent" is a 1979 play by Martin Sherman. It revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives.

  • subjects: Homosexuality, Nazism, Night of the Long Knives, Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, Nazi concentration camps


  1. Bent is a fictional character from the 2012 film Teddy Bear.
  2. Bent is a fictional character from the 2007 film The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1.
  3. Bent is a fictional character from the 2010 film Submarino.
  4. Bent is a fictional character from the 2009 film Oldboys.
  5. Bent is a fictional character from the 1986 film Flamberede hjerter.
  6. Bent is a fictional character from the 2014 film Bear.
  7. Bent is a fictional character from the 1976 film It All Adds Up.
  8. Bent is a fictional character from the 2012 film Custodian.

There are other characters with in their name, like Bent Fabric.


  1. "Bent" is a song by American alternative rock group Matchbox Twenty. It was released in July 2000 as the lead single from their second album, Mad Season. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 22, 2000, and stayed there for one week before being unseated by 'N Sync's "It's Gonna Be Me". It remains the band's only number one hit on that chart.
    • award: - Grammy Award for Best Rock Song nomination for Rob Thomas
  2. "Bent" is a musical album of Heaven.
    • released in (34 years ago)
  3. "Bent" is a musical album of The Ssion.
    • released on
  4. "Bent" is a musical single of Matchbox Twenty.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  5. "Bent" is a musical album of Kinky Machine.
    • released on (21 years ago)
  6. "Bent" is a musical album of Psÿco Drama.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  7. "Bent" is a musical album of Gary Willis.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  8. "Bent" is a musical album of Bent.
  9. "Bent" is a musical album of Don Richmond.
  10. "Bent" is a musical composition by BandB.
    • music by BandB
    • award: - Independent Music Award for Best Song - Used in Film, TV, Gaming or Multimedia nomination for BandB


  1. Bent are an electronica act from Nottingham in England, consisting of Neil "Nail" Tolliday and Simon Mills. They gained critical acclaim from their debut album Programmed to Love in 2000.
    • also known as Bent (Band)
    • members:
    • member of musical group Bent and Kosheen
    • genres: Electronica, Electronic music, Electronic dance music
    • albums: "Programmed to Love", "The Everlasting Blink", "Ariels", "Flavour Country EP", "Intercept!", "Always", "Bent", "Go! Kommando EP", "Swollen", "EP1", "Magic Love", "FabricLive.11", "Comin' Back", "Best Of", "Music for Barbecues", "Bent Reworked", "Later: Compiled and Mixed by Bent", "From the Vaults: 1998 - 2006", "As You Fall (Kyau & Albert Remix)", "As You Fall"
    • official website:
  2. Bent is a musician.
    • profession: Musician
    • member of musical group The Girls! (Bass guitar)
  3. Bent, or ᅢチgᅢᄎst Bent Sigbertsson is a renowned Iceland rapper. He was a founding and leading member of famous Icelandic rap group XXX Rottweiler hundar, which published two successful albums in 2001 and 2003. The band made rap popular in Iceland; they were the first successful, exclusively-Icelandic rap group in history.

There are other people with in their name, like Bent Ear, Ian Bent, Alex Bent, Amel Bent, Bent Høie, Brad Bent, Chip Bent, Drew Bent, Paul Bent, Bent Hamer and many others.


Bent a.k.a. Bent, New Mexico: Bent is a census-designated place in Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Its population was 119 as of the 2010 census. Bent has a post office with ZIP code 88314. U.S. Route 70 passes through the community.


  1. Bent: A bent in American English is a framework composed of several structural members that defines the cross-section of a timber frame building or supports a trestle. In British English this assembly is called a "cross frame". The term bent is probably an archaic past tense of the verb to bind, referring to the way the timbers of a bent are joined together. The Dutch word is bint, the Frisian is bynt, and the German is bind. Compare this with the term bend for a class of knots.
  2. Bent is a free magazine that targets gay men and is distributed to 400 gay bars, clubs and saunas around the United Kingdom. Published monthly by All Points North UK in Leeds, it largely focuses on entertainment, celebrities, film, DVD and music as well as television, comedy and scene news.
  3. Bent a.k.a. Bent molecular geometry: In chemistry, the term "bent" can be applied to certain molecules to describe their molecular geometry. Certain atoms, such as oxygen, due to their electron configuration will almost always set their two covalent bonds in non-collinear directions. H₂O is an example of a bent molecule. The bond angle between the two hydrogen atoms is approximately 104.45°. Nonlinear triatomic molecules and ions are common for compounds containing only main group elements, prominent examples being water, nitrogen dioxide, SCl₂, and the CH₂.
  4. Bent is a 1979-1980 theater production of the play by Martin Sherman.
  5. Bent is a 1978 West End theater production of the play by Martin Sherman.
    • award:
      • Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play nomination for Ian McKellen
      • Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play, received by Ian McKellen
  6. Bent is a 1997 theater production of the play by Martin Sherman.
    • award: - Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play nomination for Christopher Henley
  7. Bent is a 1990 theater production of the play by Martin Sherman.
    • award: - Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor nomination for Ian McKellen
  8. Bent is a family name.

Phrases with Bent

Phrases starting with the word Bent:

  1. bent on
  2. Bent Car
  3. bent hang
  4. Bent Avens
  5. bent grass
  6. Bent Sedge
  7. Bent Spear
  8. bent-grass
  9. Bent Sea Rod
  10. Bent Surfclam

Phrases ending with the word Bent:

  1. dog bent
  2. Get Bent
  3. hell-bent
  4. black bent
  5. brown bent
  6. rough bent
  7. Redtop Bent
  8. Upland Bent
  9. velvet bent
  10. Colonial Bent

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bent

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Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

by Bruce Biggs

bent koorapa,

bent, aslimbs hakoko, huupeke, kopa, pehu. bent, having the knees turipeepeke. bent (crooked) konuke , ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Welfare State (2014)

by Bent Greve

Bent Greve. Not so long ago, a book on the welfare state would have mainly praised such advantages as enhanced security, greater financial support, and a comfortable old age. The depiction would have been generally positive. But the ...

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Sign Language - Level 1: Variation on CL: Bent B

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Quotes about Bent

Bent metal is worse than bent wood and weight for weight is more flexible. (Lawrence Hargrave)
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Scrabble value of B3E1N1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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