- Closely confined or held back: pent-up frustrationsMore example sentences
- The pent-up waters, controlled by a sluice gate, were directed past the mill wheel, driving the wooden gears, shafts and millstones.
- A captured fish or a pent-up mass of water was, by contrast, a private good, something that belonged to someone.
- It forms a significant bulwark against the tide so that, even on neaps, there is an appreciable movement of water as the pent-up flow sweeps around the headland.
late 16th century: pent, obsolete past participle of pen2 (verb).