bent (n.)
degree, capacity, extent [to which a bow can be bent]
Ham II.ii.30[Guildenstern to Claudius and Gertrude, of himself and Rosencrantz] And here give up ourselves in the full bent / To lay our service freely at your feet
Ham III.ii.391[Hamlet to himself] They fool me to the top of my bent [i.e. to my utmost limit]
MA II.iii.218[Benedick alone, of Beatrice] it seems her affections have their full bent
TN II.iv.37[Orsino to Viola as Cesario] let thy love be younger than thyself, / Or thy affection cannot hold the bent [i.e. remain at full stretch]
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