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 for To bend the brow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bend \Bend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bended or Bent; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Bending.] [AS. bendan to bend, fr. bend a band,
     bond, fr. bindan to bind. See Bind, v. t., and cf. 3d & 4th
     Bend.]
     1. To strain or move out of a straight line; to crook by
        straining; to make crooked; to curve; to make ready for
        use by drawing into a curve; as, to bend a bow; to bend
        the knee.
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     2. To turn toward some certain point; to direct; to incline.
        "Bend thine ear to supplication." --Milton.
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              Towards Coventry bend we our course.  --Shak.
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              Bending her eyes . . . upon her parent. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     3. To apply closely or with interest; to direct.
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              To bend his mind to any public business. --Temple.
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              But when to mischief mortals bend their will.
                                                    --Pope.
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     4. To cause to yield; to render submissive; to subdue.
        "Except she bend her humor." --Shak.
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     5. (Naut.) To fasten, as one rope to another, or as a sail to
        its yard or stay; or as a cable to the ring of an anchor.
        --Totten.
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     To bend the brow, to knit the brow, as in deep thought or
        in anger; to scowl; to frown. --Camden.
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     Syn: To lean; stoop; deflect; bow; yield.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brow \Brow\ (brou), n. [OE. browe, bruwe, AS. br[=u]; akin to
     AS. br[=ae]w, bre['a]w, eyelid, OFries. br[=e], D. braauw,
     Icel. br[=a], br[=u]n, OHG. pr[=a]wa, G. braue, OSlav.
     br[u^]v[i^], Russ. brove, Ir. brai, Ir. & Gael. abhra, Armor.
     abrant, Gr. 'ofry`s, Skr. bhr[=u]. Cf. Bray a bank,
     Bridge.]
     1. The prominent ridge over the eye, with the hair that
        covers it, forming an arch above the orbit.
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              And his arched brow, pulled o'er his eyes,
              With solemn proof proclaims him wise. --Churchill.
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     2. The hair that covers the brow (ridge over the eyes); the
        eyebrow.
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              'T is not your inky brows, your brack silk hair.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. The forehead; as, a feverish brow.
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              Beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow. --Shak.
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     4. The general air of the countenance.
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              To whom thus Satan with contemptuous brow. --Milton.
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              He told them with a masterly brow.    --Milton.
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     5. The edge or projecting upper part of a steep place; as,
        the brow of a precipice; the brow of a hill.
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     To bend the brow, To knit the brows, to frown; to scowl.
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