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Webster 1913 Edition


Pent

Pent

(pĕnt)
,
p.
p.
or
Adj.
[From
Pen
,
Verb.
T.
]
Penned or shut up; confined; – often with up.
Here in the body
pent
.
J. Montgomery.
No
pent-up
Utica contracts your powers.
J. M. Sewall.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pent

PENT

,
pp.
of pen. Shut up; closely confined.

Definition 2021


pent

pent

See also: pent-

English

Noun

pent (plural pents)

  1. confinement; concealment
    • 1993, John Banville, Ghosts
      There was a catch in my voice, thick as it was with the pent of unshed tears; had I let them flow they would have come out forty per cent proof.

Adjective

pent

  1. Confined in a pen, imprisoned.
    • (Can we date this quote?) W.S. Gilbert, The Mikado.
      My object all sublime
      I shall achieve in time —
      To let the punishment fit the crime —
      The punishment fit the crime;
      And make each prisoner pent
      Unwillingly represent
      A source of innocent merriment!
      Of innocent merriment!

Usage notes

Use of bare “pent”, as in the Gilbert quotation above, has become less common over time. (Use of “pent up” or “pent in” remains about as common.)

Translations

Verb

pent

  1. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of pen; alternative form of penned

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Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Old French

Verb

pent

  1. third-person singular present indicative of pendre