Definitions for bowboʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to bend the knee or body or incline the head, as in reverence, submission, or salutation.
to yield; submit:
to bow to the inevitable.
to bend or curve downward; stoop:
The pines bowed low.
(v.t.)to bend or incline (the knee, body, or head) in worship, submission, respect, civility, etc.
to cause to submit; subdue; crush.
to cause to stoop or incline.
to express by a bow:
to bow one's thanks.
to usher (someone) with a bow:
They were bowed in by the footman.
to cause to bend; make curved or crooked.
bow out, to withdraw by choice, as from a task; retire.
Category: Verb Phrase
(n.)an inclination of the head or body in salutation, assent, thanks, reverence, submission, etc.
Idioms for bow:
bow and scrape,to be excessively polite or deferential.
Origin of bow:
bef. 900; ME bowen (v.), OE būgan; c. D buigen
a flexible strip of wood or other material, bent by a string stretched between its ends, for shooting arrows.
a bend or curve.
a readily loosened knot for joining the ends of a ribbon or string, having two projecting loops.
Category: Navy, Textiles
a loop or gathering of ribbon, paper, etc., used as a decoration.
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
something curved or arc-shaped.
an archer; bowman.
Ref: temple2 (def. 2). 1 2 3
aU-shaped piece for placing under an animal's neck to hold a yoke.
(adj.)curved outward at the center; bent:
(v.i.)to bend into the form of a bow; curve.
to perform with a bow on a stringed instrument.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of bow:
bef. 1000; ME bowe (n.), OE boga
the forward end of a vessel or airship.
Category: Aeronautics, Nautical, Navy
the foremost oar in rowing a boat.
(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
a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
bow, fore, prow, stem(noun)
front part of a vessel or aircraft
"he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
something curved in shape
bow, bowing, obeisance(noun)
bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
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
a decorative interlacing of ribbons
a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
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"
submit, bow, defer, accede, give in(verb)
yield to another's wish or opinion
"The government bowed to the military pressure"
bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
"He bowed before the King"
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"
play on a string instrument with a bow
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a knot with loops
to tie a bow
an object used for playing the violin
***He pulled the bow across the strings.
a weapon for shooting arrows
***a bow and arrow
to bend forward to show respect or thanks
to bow to the audience
to look down or to bend the head down
He bowed his head in shame.
the act of bending forward
***to take a bow
the front of a ship
***a boy fishing from the bow
The front of a boat or ship.
Origin: From bugan, from beuganan. Cognate with Dutch buigen, German biegen.
to cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved
to exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline
to bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension
to cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;/ to crush; to subdue
to express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks
to bend; to curve
to bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; -- often with down
to incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow
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
anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow
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
an ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string
the U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke
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
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
a rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea
two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree
to play (music) with a bow
to manage the bow
the bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow
one who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'bow' in Nouns Frequency: #2449
Rank popularity for the word 'bow' in Verbs Frequency: #924
Translations for bow
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a springy curved rod bent by a string, by which arrows are shot.
- arcoPortuguese (BR)
- der BogenGerman
- bue; flitsbueDanish
- (šaujamais) loks; stopsLatvian
- 弓Chinese (Trad.)
- cái cungVietnamese
- 弓Chinese (Simp.)
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