Bend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bended or Bent p. pr. & vb. n. Bending.]
1. To strain or move out of a straight line; to crook by straining; to make crooked; to curve; to make ready for use by drawing into a curve; as, to bend a bow; to bend the knee.
2. To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline. “Bend thine ear to supplication.”
Towards Coventry bend we our course. --Shak.
Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent. --Sir W. Scott.
3. To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
To bend his mind to any public business. --Temple.
But when to mischief mortals bend their will. --Pope.
4. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue. “Except she bend her humor.”
5. Naut. To fasten, as one rope to another, or as a sail to its yard or stay; or as a cable to the ring of an anchor.
To bend the brow, to knit the brow, as in deep thought or in anger; to scowl; to frown.
Syn: -- To lean; stoop; deflect; bow; yield.
1. A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.
His spear a bent, both stiff and strong. --Drayton.
2. Bot. A grass of the genus Agrostis, esp. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. in America.
3. Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor. [Obs.]
Bowmen bickered upon the bent. --Chevy Chase.
Bent imp. & p. p. of Bend.
Bent, a. & p. p.
1. Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight; crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.
2. Strongly inclined toward something, so as to be resolved, determined, set, etc.; -- said of the mind, character, disposition, desires, etc., and used with on; as, to be bent on going to college; he is bent on mischief.
1. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow. [Obs.]
2. A declivity or slope, as of a hill. [R.]
3. A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim.
With a native bent did good pursue. --Dryden.
4. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
Bents and turns of the matter. --Locke.
5. Carp. A transverse frame of a framed structure.
6. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus. [Archaic]
The full bent and stress of the soul. --Norris.
Syn: -- Predilection; turn.
Usage: Bent, Bias, Inclination, Prepossession. These words agree in describing a permanent influence upon the mind which tends to decide its actions. Bent denotes a fixed tendency of the mind in a given direction. It is the widest of these terms, and applies to the will, the intellect, and the affections, taken conjointly; as, the whole bent of his character was toward evil practices. Bias is literally a weight fixed on one side of a ball used in bowling, and causing it to swerve from a straight course. Used figuratively, bias applies particularly to the judgment, and denotes something which acts with a permanent force on the character through that faculty; as, the bias of early education, early habits, etc. Inclination is an excited state of desire or appetency; as, a strong inclination to the study of the law. Prepossession is a mingled state of feeling and opinion in respect to some person or subject, which has laid hold of and occupied the mind previous to inquiry. The word is commonly used in a good sense, an unfavorable impression of this kind being denominated a prejudice. “Strong minds will be strongly bent, and usually labor under a strong bias; but there is no mind so weak and powerless as not to have its inclinations, and none so guarded as to be without its prepossessions.”
n 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.)
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
6: diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right
corner to the lower left [syn: bend dexter]
v 1: form a curve; "The stick does not bend" [syn: flex] [ant:
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,
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]
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]
n 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]