Definitions for Bowboʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to bend the knee or body or incline the head, as in reverence, submission, or salutation.

  2. to yield; submit:

    to bow to the inevitable.

  3. to bend or curve downward; stoop:

    The pines bowed low.

  4. (v.t.)to bend or incline (the knee, body, or head) in worship, submission, respect, civility, etc.

  5. to cause to submit; subdue; crush.

  6. to cause to stoop or incline.

  7. to express by a bow:

    to bow one's thanks.

  8. to usher (someone) with a bow:

    They were bowed in by the footman.

  9. to cause to bend; make curved or crooked.

  10. bow out, to withdraw by choice, as from a task; retire.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  11. (n.)an inclination of the head or body in salutation, assent, thanks, reverence, submission, etc.

Idioms for bow:

  1. bow and scrape,to be excessively polite or deferential.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bow:

bef. 900; ME bowen (v.), OE būgan; c. D buigen


  1. a flexible strip of wood or other material, bent by a string stretched between its ends, for shooting arrows.

  2. a bend or curve.

    Category: Sport

  3. a readily loosened knot for joining the ends of a ribbon or string, having two projecting loops.

    Category: Navy, Textiles

  4. a loop or gathering of ribbon, paper, etc., used as a decoration.

  5. a flexible rod having horsehairs stretched from end to end, used for playing a musical instrument of the viol or violin families.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. something curved or arc-shaped.

  7. an archer; bowman.

  8. Category: Ophthalmology

    Ref: temple2 (def. 2). 1 2 3

  9. Ref: rainbow.

  10. aU-shaped piece for placing under an animal's neck to hold a yoke.

  11. (adj.)curved outward at the center; bent:

    bow legs.

  12. (v.i.)to bend into the form of a bow; curve.

  13. to perform with a bow on a stringed instrument.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of bow:

bef. 1000; ME bowe (n.), OE boga



  1. the forward end of a vessel or airship.

    Category: Aeronautics, Nautical, Navy

  2. the foremost oar in rowing a boat.

    Category: Navy

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to the bow of a ship.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of bow:

1620–30; < LG boog (n.) or D boeg or Dan bov; see bough

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bow, bowknot(noun)

    a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

  2. bow(noun)

    a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments

  3. bow, fore, prow, stem(noun)

    front part of a vessel or aircraft

    "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

  4. bow(noun)

    a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow

  5. bow, arc(noun)

    something curved in shape

  6. bow, bowing, obeisance(noun)

    bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

  7. bow, curtain call(noun)

    an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience

  8. bow(noun)

    a decorative interlacing of ribbons

  9. bow(verb)

    a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

  10. bow, bow down(verb)

    bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head

    "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"

  11. submit, bow, defer, accede, give in(verb)

    yield to another's wish or opinion

    "The government bowed to the military pressure"

  12. bow(verb)

    bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting

    "He bowed before the King"

  13. crouch, stoop, bend, bow(verb)

    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"

  14. bow(verb)

    play on a string instrument with a bow

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bow(noun)ʊ

    a knot with loops

    to tie a bow

  2. bowʊ

    an object used for playing the violin

    ***He pulled the bow across the strings.

  3. bowʊ

    a weapon for shooting arrows

    ***a bow and arrow

  4. bow(verb)ʊ

    to bend forward to show respect or thanks

    to bow to the audience

  5. bowʊ

    to look down or to bend the head down

    He bowed his head in shame.

  6. bow(noun)ʊ

    the act of bending forward

    ***to take a bow

  7. bowʊ

    the front of a ship

    ***a boy fishing from the bow


  1. bow(Noun)

    The front of a boat or ship.

  2. Origin: From bugan, from beuganan. Cognate with Dutch buigen, German biegen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bow(verb)

    to cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved

  2. Bow(verb)

    to exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline

  3. Bow(verb)

    to bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension

  4. Bow(verb)

    to cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;/ to crush; to subdue

  5. Bow(verb)

    to express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks

  6. Bow(verb)

    to bend; to curve

  7. Bow(verb)

    to stop

  8. Bow(verb)

    to bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; -- often with down

  9. Bow(verb)

    to incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow

  10. Bow(noun)

    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

  11. Bow(verb)

    anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow

  12. Bow(verb)

    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

  13. Bow(verb)

    an ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string

  14. Bow(verb)

    the U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke

  15. Bow(verb)

    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

  16. Bow(verb)

    an arcograph

  17. Bow(verb)

    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

  18. Bow(verb)

    a rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea

  19. Bow

    two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree

  20. Bow(verb)

    to play (music) with a bow

  21. Bow

    to manage the bow

  22. Bow(noun)

    the bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow

  23. Bow(noun)

    one who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bow' in Nouns Frequency: #2449

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bow' in Verbs Frequency: #924

Anagrams of Bow

  1. WBO

Translations for Bow

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a springy curved rod bent by a string, by which arrows are shot.

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