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 for bent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bend \Bend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bended or Bent; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Bending.] [AS. bendan to bend, fr. bend a band,
     bond, fr. bindan to bind. See Bind, v. t., and cf. 3d & 4th
     Bend.]
     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.
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     2. To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.
        "Bend thine ear to supplication." --Milton.
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              Towards Coventry bend we our course.  --Shak.
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              Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     3. To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
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              To bend his mind to any public business. --Temple.
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              But when to mischief mortals bend their will.
                                                    --Pope.
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     4. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
        "Except she bend her humor." --Shak.
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     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.
        --Totten.
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     To bend the brow, to knit the brow, as in deep thought or
        in anger; to scowl; to frown. --Camden.
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     Syn: To lean; stoop; deflect; bow; yield.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bent \Bent\,
     imp. & p. p. of Bend.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bent \Bent\, a. & p. p.
     1. Changed by pressure so as to be no longer straight;
        crooked; as, a bent pin; a bent lever.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bent \Bent\, n. [See Bend, n. & v.]
     1. The state of being curved, crooked, or inclined from a
        straight line; flexure; curvity; as, the bent of a bow.
        [Obs.] --Wilkins.
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     2. A declivity or slope, as of a hill. [R.] --Dryden.
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     3. A leaning or bias; proclivity; tendency of mind;
        inclination; disposition; purpose; aim. --Shak.
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              With a native bent did good pursue.   --Dryden.
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     4. Particular direction or tendency; flexion; course.
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              Bents and turns of the matter.        --Locke.
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     5. (Carp.) A transverse frame of a framed structure.
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     6. Tension; force of acting; energy; impetus. [Archaic]
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              The full bent and stress of the soul. --Norris.
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     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." --Crabb.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bent \Bent\, n. [AS. beonet; akin to OHG. pinuz, G. binse, rush,
     bent grass; of unknown origin.]
     1. A reedlike grass; a stalk of stiff, coarse grass.
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              His spear a bent, both stiff and strong. --Drayton.
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     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.
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     3. Any neglected field or broken ground; a common; a moor.
        [Obs.] --Wright.
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              Bowmen bickered upon the bent.        --Chevy Chase.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bent
      adj 1: fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater";
             "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"
             [syn: bent, bent on(p), dead set(p), out to(p)]
      2: used of the back and knees; stooped; "on bended knee"; "with
         bent (or bended) back" [syn: bended, bent]
      3: of metal e.g.; "bent nails"; "a car with a crumpled front
         end"; "dented fenders" [syn: bent, crumpled, dented]
      n 1: a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular
           way; "the set of his mind was obvious" [syn: bent, set]
      2: grass for pastures and lawns especially bowling and putting
         greens [syn: bent, bent grass, bent-grass]
      3: an area of grassland unbounded by fences or hedges
      4: 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: bent, knack, hang]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  292 Moby Thesaurus words for "bent":
     V-shaped, Y-shaped, a thing for, ability, abnormal, affinity,
     afflicted, aim, akimbo, an ear for, an eye for, anamorphous,
     angular, animus, apt, aptitude, aptness, arched, arciform, askew,
     asymmetric, awry, azimuth, bag, bearing, bend, bias, billowing,
     billowy, boiled, bombed, boozy, bowed, canned, capacity for, cast,
     character, chosen kind, cockeyed, cockeyed drunk, conatus,
     conduciveness, constitution, contorted, cornered, corrupt,
     corrupted, course, crazy, crocked, crocko, crook, crooked,
     crotched, crumpled, crunched, cup of tea, current, curvaceous,
     curvate, curvated, curve, curved, curvesome, curviform,
     curvilineal, curvilinear, curving, curvy, decided, decisive,
     deflected, delight, determined, deviant, deviative, diathesis,
     direction, direction line, dishonest, disposed, disposition,
     dispositioned, distorted, drift, druthers, eagerness, eccentricity,
     elevated, faculty, fancy, fascination, favor, favoritism,
     feeling for, felicity, flair, forejudgment, forked, fried, fuddled,
     furcal, furcate, geniculate, geniculated, genius, genius for,
     geosynclinal, gift, gift for, given, grain, half-seas over, head,
     heading, helmsmanship, high, hooked, idiosyncrasy, illegal,
     illuminated, in the mood, inclination, inclined, inclining,
     incurvate, incurvated, incurved, incurving, individualism,
     innate aptitude, intent, irregular, jagged, jaundice,
     jaundiced eye, kidney, knack, knee-shaped, labyrinthine, lay,
     leaning, liability, lie, likely, liking, line, line of direction,
     line of march, lit, lit up, loaded, lopsided, lubricated, lurch,
     lushy, make, makeup, mazy, meandering, mental set, mettle, mind,
     mind-set, minded, mold, mutual affinity, mutual attraction, muzzy,
     nature, navigation, nonsymmetric, nose, oiled, one-sided,
     one-sidedness, organized, orientation, partialism, partiality,
     particular choice, partisanship, peculiar, penchant,
     personal choice, perverse, perverted, pickled, pie-eyed, piloting,
     pissed, pissy-eyed, plastered, point, pointed, polluted, potted,
     preconception, predilection, predisposed, predisposition,
     preference, prejudgment, prejudice, prepossession, probability,
     proclivity, prone, proneness, propensity, quarter, raddled, range,
     readiness, recurvate, recurvated, recurved, recurving, resolute,
     resolved, round, rounded, run, saw-toothed, sawtooth,
     sensitivity to, serpentine, serrate, set, settled, sharp,
     sharp-cornered, sheer, shellacked, sinuous, skew, skunk-drunk,
     slant, slue, smashed, soaked, soft spot, soused, sprung, squiffy,
     stamp, steerage, steering, stewed, stinko, strain, strange, streak,
     stripe, style, susceptibility, swacked, swerve, sympathy, talent,
     tanked, taste, temper, temperament, tendency, tenor, thing, tight,
     tortuous, track, trend, tropism, turn, turn for, turn of mind,
     twist, twisted, type, undetachment, undispassionateness, undulant,
     unsymmetric, veer, warp, warped, wavy, way, weakness, weird,
     willingness, wry, zigzag
  
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Bent -- U.S. County in Colorado
     Population (2000):    5998
     Housing Units (2000): 2366
     Land area (2000):     1513.902869 sq. miles (3920.990264 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    27.217750 sq. miles (70.493645 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1541.120619 sq. miles (3991.483909 sq. km)
     Located within:       Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
     Location:             38.070366 N, 103.062997 W
     Headwords:
      Bent
      Bent, CO
      Bent County
      Bent County, CO
  

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