If someone is bent double, the top part of their body is leaning forward towards their legs, usually because they are in great pain or because they are laughing a lot. In American English, you can also say that someone is bent over double. He left the courtroom on the first day bent double with stomach pain. the past tense and past participle of bend
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"
If someone is of a particular bent, they hold a particular set of beliefs. economists of a socialist bent. = persuasion
a supporting unit of a trestle or viaduct structure made of two or more columns or column-like members connected by a cap, a strut, or another member This connecting member distributes superimposed loads on the bent When combined with a system of diagonal or horizontal bracing attached to the columns, the entire construction functions somewhat like a truss distributing its loads into the foundation
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" a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious" grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting greens of metal e
If you say that someone in a position of responsibility is bent, you mean that they are dishonest or do illegal things. this bent accountant
A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind; inclination; disposition; purpose; aim
"bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front end"; "dented fenders" used especially of the head or upper back; "a bent head and sloping shoulders" fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event" altered from an originally straight condition; "a bent wire
Any of the annual or perennial grasses that make up the genus Agrostis, in the family Poaceae (or Gramineae), found in temperate and cool regions and at high altitudes in subtropical and tropical areas. At least 40 species are found in the U.S.; some are weeds, others forage and turf plants. They have slender stems and flat blades. Many spread by creeping stolons. Redtop (A. gigantea) is a hay and pasture grass. Creeping bent (A. stolonifera variety palustris) and colonial bent (A. tenuis) are popular lawn grasses; the many strains of both species are planted in golf courses and bowling greens, where they are closely cut to develop a fine, spongy, firm turf
When you bend, you move the top part of your body downwards and forwards. Plants and trees also bend. I bent over and kissed her cheek She bent and picked up a plastic bucket She was bent over the sink washing the dishes
When you bend a part of your body such as your arm or leg, or when it bends, you change its position so that it is no longer straight. These cruel devices are designed to stop prisoners bending their legs As you walk faster, you will find the arms bend naturally and more quickly. + bent bent Keep your knees slightly bent
If you bend something that is flat or straight, you use force to make it curved or to put an angle in it. Bend the bar into a horseshoe She'd cut a jagged hole in the tin, bending a knife in the process. straighten + bent bent a length of bent wire
emphasis If you say that someone is bending over backwards to be helpful or kind, you are emphasizing that they are trying very hard to be helpful or kind. People are bending over backwards to please customers
feelings If you say that someone or something drives you round the bend, you mean that you dislike them and they annoy or upset you very much. And can you make that tea before your fidgeting drives me completely round the bend
The laterally arced position in which the horse's body appears to form an even curve from poll to tail Examples of faulty bend are: bending only in the neck, only at the base of the neck, or bent the wrong direction
diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"
When a road, beam of light, or other long thin thing bends, or when something bends it, it changes direction to form a curve or angle. The road bent slightly to the right Glass bends light of different colours by different amounts
emphasis If you say that someone is hell-bent on doing something, you are emphasizing that they are determined to do it, even if this causes problems or difficulties for other people. He accused Ford of being hell-bent on achieving its cuts by whatever means. very determined to do something, especially something that other people do not approve of hell-bent on (doing) sth
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