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Bent, subst., 1) tension, straining (properly an expression of archery, but used tropically of mental dispositions): “her affections have their full b.” Ado II, 3, 232. “thy affection cannot hold the b.” Tw. II, 4, 38. and here give up ourselves, in the full b. to lay our “service freely at your feet,” Hml. II, 2, 30. “they fool me to the top of my b.” III, 2, 401. “and every thing at b. for England,” IV, 3, 47 (Qq and M. Edd. is bent).
2) tendency, a leaning or bias of the mind, inclination, disposition: “two of them have the very b. of honour,” Ado IV, 1, 188. “to your own --s dispose you,” Wint. I, 2, 179. “to set his sense on the attentive b.” Troil. I, 3, 252. “if that thy b. of love be honourable,” Rom. II, 2, 143. “I can give his humour the true b.” Caes. II, 1, 210.
3) cast of the eye, look (cf. Bend): that met them in their (the eyes') “b.” H5 V, 2, 16. “gives all gaze and b. of amorous view on the fair Cressid,” Troil. IV, 5, 282. “they wear their faces to the b. of the king's look,” Cymb. I, 1, 13. -- Similarly of the forehead: “eternity was in our lips and eyes, bliss in our brows' b.” Ant. I, 3, 36.
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