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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
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Bent

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

[bent]
(civil engineering)
A framework support transverse to the length of a structure.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bent

1. Same as bent frame.
2. A rhizomatous grass, used where a resilient velvety texture is required.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
'The four elder sisters cast down their eyes as if abashed by the holy man's reproof, but Alice raised hers, and bent them mildly on the friar.
Then she bent over the cushions, reached out her hand, and from the couch arose the form of a young girl, fresh and beautiful as a May morning.
Twice he bent and kissed her, and each time her lips met his shyly and her body made its happy, nestling movement.
Then he bent down and began gnawing the shaft of the arrow with his teeth.
Then he turned and bent over White Fang, standing by his side.
The light and perfume of the flower seemed to bring new strength to Annie, and she rose up, saying, as she bent to kiss the blossom on her breast, "Dear flower, help and guide me now, and I will listen to your voice, and cheerfully obey my faithful fairy bell."
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.
When the first surprise was over, Jehanne de la Tarme bent down to the ear of la Gaultière,--
Dorothy bent over, too, and began to arrange her hair, blown by the desert wind into straggling tangles.
Many heads were bent forward with eagerness and sympathy.
"A--what?" demanded the old man, straightening his bent back with difficulty.
The cook, sent for with this object, bent over the baby.