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.

3. <botany> A reedlike grass of the genus Agrostis, especially. Agrostis vulgaris, or redtop. The name is also used of many other grasses, esp. In America.

4. <agriculture> Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor. "Bowmen bickered upon the bent."

Origin: AS. Beonet; akin to OHG. Pinuz, G. Binse, rush, bent grass; of unknown origin.

(06 Aug 1998)

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