pent

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See also: Pent, pent-, and -pent-

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɛnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt
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Etymology 1[edit]

From pen +‎ -t.

Noun[edit]

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[edit]

pent

  1. Confined in a pen, imprisoned.
    • 1885, 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[edit]

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.)

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Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

pent

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of pentatonic.

Noun[edit]

pent (plural pents)

  1. (informal, music) A pentatonic scale.
    • 2006 March 28, Greg Cisko, “Re: Any good solos?”, in alt.guitar.beginner, Usenet[1]:
      The major pent is the same minor pent pattern only shifted down 3 frets toward the nut. Like John B told me for Sunshine of your love. Play Bm and then Dm pent and it will sound good. He also pointed out that Bm pent includes the same exact notes as DM pent. So the idea is if the song is in D, try both minor and major pents and see how it works.

Etymology 3[edit]

Clipping of pentacle or pentagram.

Noun[edit]

pent (plural pents)

  1. (informal, paganism) A pentacle or pentagram.
    • 2002 August 27, Jani, “Re: Pagan Symbols.....and any others that spring to mind”, in uk.religion.pagan, Usenet[2]:
      [> What symbols mean the most to you? For instance, what do you wear around your neck and why?]
      Usually, a triquetra, although I have ankhs, pents and a spell-bottle on amber beads which I wear if I find it necessary to be *really* annoying :)

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pent

  1. neuter singular of pen

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

pent

  1. third-person singular present indicative of pendre