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bent sb. (not earlier than 16th c. in any sense)
1. “at bent for” (so Ff; Qq and mod. edd. “is bent”), turned in the direction of Ham. IV. iii. 48.
2. inclination of the mind Ado IV. i. 188 “the very bent of honour,” Cæs. II. i. 210 “give his humour the true bent” ; of the eyes, &c., H5 V. ii. 16, Ant. I. iii. 36, Cym. I. i. 13 “the bent Of the king's looks.”
3. extent to which a bow may be bent, degree of tension; (hence) degree of endurance, capacity Ado II. iii. 243 [232], Tw.N. II. iv. 37, Ham. III. ii. 409 [401] “to the top of my bent.”
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