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bent

1
Civil engineering a framework placed across a structure to stiffen it

bent

2
1. short for bent grass
2. a stalk of bent grass
3. Archaic any stiff grass or sedge

Bent

A framework, which is transverse to the length of a framed structure; usually designed to carry both a lateral and a vertical load.

bent

[bent]
(civil engineering)
A framework support transverse to the length of a structure.

bent

1. Same as bent frame.
2. A rhizomatous grass, used where a resilient velvety texture is required.
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With a weary sound that was not a sigh, nor a groan, he bent to work again, until the silence was again broken.
And as the thought came to her mind, the flower raised its drooping head, and, looking up into the earnest little face bent over it, seemed by its fragrant breath to answer Annie's silent thought, and strengthen her for what might come.
She observed a young female on her knees, but a short distance from her, with her meek face humbly bent over her book.
In its cabin a tall red man bent over the soft sole of an upturned sandal.
Then, while the others watched her curiously, the hag chanted a rhythmical verse in words which no one understood, and bent her lean body seven times back and forth over the fire.
In a frenzy of despair, I bent to the grandfather of all paddles in a hopeless effort to escape, and still the copper giant behind me gained and gained.
The stranger was old and bent and had a great beard which hid almost his entire face except for two piercing eyes, a great nose and a bit of wrinkled forehead.
The doctor bent forward, looking at him first in perplexity and afterwards in amazement.
This branch bent far down under the impact, and sometimes there was an ominous crackling; but it never broke, and out of the leaves was always to be seen the face of Broken-Tooth grinning triumphantly up at us.
And among the hills, on their favorite knoll, Martin and Ruth sat side by side, their heads bent over the same pages, he reading aloud from the love-sonnets of the woman who had loved Browning as it is given to few men to be loved.
Scott, who had been patting White Fang, suddenly bent closer and pointed out fresh-made cuts on his muzzle, and a gash between the eyes.
Was he still bent on clearing up his suspicions of Sir Jervis's housekeeper?