Pronunciation: bou
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Bowed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bowing.]
1.To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved.
We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to their natural straightness.
- Milton.
The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny.
- Prescott.
2.To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.
- Bacon.
Not to bow and bias their opinions.
- Fuller.
3.To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
- 2 Kings ii. 15.
4.To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,; to crush; to subdue.
Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave.
- Shak.
5.To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
v. i.1.To bend; to curve.
2.To stop.
They stoop, they bow down together.
- Is. xlvi. 2
3.To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; - often with down.
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
- Ps. xcv. 6.
4.To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow.
Admired, adored by all circling crowd,
For wheresoe'er she turned her face, they bowed.
- Dryden.
n.1.An inclination of the head, or a bending of the body, in token of reverence, respect, civility, or submission; an obeisance; as, a bow of deep humility.
1.Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.
I do set my bow in the cloud.
- Gen. ix. 13.
2.A weapon made of a strip of wood, or other elastic material, with a cord connecting the two ends, by means of which an arrow is propelled.
3.An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string.
4.The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.
5.(Mus.) An appliance consisting of an elastic rod, with a number of horse hairs stretched from end to end of it, used in playing on a stringed instrument.
6.An arcograph.
7.(Mech. & Manuf.) Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging the hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.
8.(Naut.) A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.
9.(Saddlery) Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.
Bow bearer
(O. Eng. Law) an under officer of the forest who looked after trespassers.
Bow drill
a drill worked by a bow and string.
Bow instrument
(Mus.) any stringed instrument from which the tones are produced by the bow.
Bow window
(Arch.) See Bay window.
To draw a long bow
to lie; to exaggerate.
v. i.1.To play (music) with a bow.
[imp. & p. p. Bowed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bowing.]
1.(Naut.) The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.
2.(Naut.) One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.
Bow chaser
(Naut.) a gun in the bow for firing while chasing another vessel.
- Totten.
Bow piece
a piece of ordnance carried at the bow of a ship.
On the bow
(Naut.) on that part of the horizon within 45° on either side of the line ahead.
- Totten.
Noun1.Bowbow - a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
Synonyms: bowknot
2.bow - a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
3.Bowbow - front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
Synonyms: fore, prow, stem
4.bow - curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
5.bow - something curved in shape
Synonyms: arc
6.Bowbow - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
Synonyms: bowing, obeisance
7.bow - an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
Synonyms: curtain call
8.bow - a decorative interlacing of ribbons
9.bow - a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
Verb1.bow - bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
Synonyms: bow down
2.bow - submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
Synonyms: accede, give in, defer, submit
3.bow - bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
4.bow - bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
Synonyms: crouch, stoop, bend
5.bow - play on a string instrument
A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string, S-curve, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius, accost, address, angle, arc, arch, bass, bass viol, beak, bend back, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to, bending, bending the knee, bilge, bite the dust, blain, bleb, blister, blob, bob, bob a curtsy, bob down, bootlick, boss, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow the head, bow to, bowing, bowing and scraping, bowsprit, bridge, bubble, bulb, bulge, bull fiddle, bulla, bump, bunch, burl, button, cahot, capitulate, carriage bow, catacaustic, catenary, caustic, cave in, cello, chine, circle, clump, conchoid, condyle, conflexure, contrabass, convex, cower, crawl, creep, cringe, cringe to, crook, crossbow, crouch, crouch before, crowd, curl, curtsy, curvation, curvature, curve, decurve, defer, deflect, deflection, diacaustic, dipping the colors, do homage, do obeisance, dome, double bass, dowel, duck, ear, ellipse, embow, embrace, fall, fall down before, fawn, festoon, fiddle, fiddlebow, fiddlestick, figurehead, fingerboard, flange, flap, flatter, flection, flex, flexure, forecastle, foredeck, forepeak, gall, geanticline, genuflect, genuflection, geosyncline, gnarl, go down, go under, greeting, grovel, hail, hairpin turn, hand-clasp, handle, handshake, have enough, hello, hill, homage, hook, how-do-you-do, hug, hump, hunch, hyperbola, inclination, incurvate, incurve, inflect, inflection, jib boom, jog, joggle, kiss, kit, kit fiddle, kit violin, kneel to, kneeling, knob, knot, knuckle, knuckle to, knuckle under, knur, knurl, kowtow, lick the dust, lickspittle, lip, lituus, longbow, loop, lose, lose out, lose the day, lump, make a leg, make a reverence, make obeisance, making a leg, meander, mole, mountain, nevus, nod, nose, nub, nubbin, nubble, obeisance, obsequiousness, oxbow, papilloma, parabola, peg, play violin, presenting arms, prore, prostration, prow, recurve, reflect, reflection, reflex, retroflex, reverence, rib, ridge, ring, rostrum, round, sag, salaam, salutation, salute, saw, say uncle, scrape, scroll, servility, shoulder, sinus, smile, smile of recognition, soundboard, spine, squat, standing at attention, stem, stoop, string, stud, style, submission, submissiveness, succumb, supination, swag, sweep, tab, take the count, tenor violin, toadeat, toady, tracery, truckle, truckle to, tubercle, tubercule, tumble, tuning peg, turn, turning, vault, verruca, vesicle, viola, violin, violinette, violoncello, violoncello piccolo, violone, violotta, wale, wart, wave, welt, wind
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Bouviers des Flandres
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Bovey coal
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-- Bow --
bow and arrow
Bow bearer
Bow chaser
Bow compasses
bow down
Bow drill
Bow hand
Bow instrument
bow leg
bow legs
Bow net
Bow oar
bow out
Bow pen
Bow piece
bow tie
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