What does Bow mean?

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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


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bow

    bow, v.i. to bend the body in saluting a person, acknowledging a compliment, &c.: to submit.—v.t. to bend or incline downwards, to crush down (with down, to, in or out, up or down).—n. a bending of the body in saluting a person.—adj. Bow′-backed, crook-backed.—A bowing acquaintance, a slight acquaintance.—To make one's bow, to retire ceremoniously, to leave the stage. [A.S. búgan, to bend; akin to L. fug-ĕre, to flee, to yield.]

  2. Bow

    bō, n. a piece of elastic wood or other material for shooting arrows, bent by means of a string stretched between its two ends: anything of a bent or curved shape, as the rainbow: the instrument by which the strings of a violin are sounded: a ring of metal forming a handle: a knot composed of one or of two loops and two ends (single bow, double bow), a looped knot of ribbons, a necktie or the like, so tied.—adj. Bow′bent (Milton), bent like a bow.—n. Bow′-boy, a boy archer: (Shak.) Cupid.—n.pl. Bow′-com′passes, compasses, one leg of which slides on a bow or curved plate of metal to steady its motion: a small pair of compasses for describing circles with ink or pencil.—adj. Bowed.—ns. Bow′-hand, in archery, the left hand, the one by which the bow is held: (mus.) the right hand, the one that draws the bow; Bow′-leg, a leg crooked like a bow.—adj. Bow′-legged, having crooked legs.—ns. Bow′line, a rope from the weather side of the square sails (to which it is fastened by bridles) to the larboard or starboard bow, to keep the sail close to the wind; Bow′man, an archer; Bow′shot, the distance to which an arrow can be shot from a bow; Bow′string, the string by which a bow is drawn: a string with which the Turks strangled offenders; Bow′-win′dow, a bent or semicircular window.—adj. Bow′-win′dowed (slang), pot-bellied.—n. Bow′yer (obs.), a bowman: a maker of bows.—Bowline knot, a simple but secure knot, used in fastening the bowline bridles to the cringles.—On the bow hand, wide of the mark.—To draw the long bow, to make extravagant statements; To have two (or more) strings to one's bow, to have other alternatives. [A.S. boga; cog. with Ger. bogen.]

  3. Bow

    bow, n. the general name for the stem and forepart of a ship, or that which cuts the water—often used in pl., the ship being considered to have starboard and port bows, meeting at the stem.—ns. Bow′er, Bow′er-anch′or, an anchor at the bow or forepart of a ship—usually two, the best-bower and the small-bower; Bow′-oar, the oar nearest the bow.—A bold, or bluff, bow, a broad bow; A lean bow, a narrow one.—On the bow, within 45° of the point right ahead.

Editors Contribution

  1. bow

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles and used for various purposes.

    Bows are used for various purposes e.g in your hair, ontop of a gift or shoe and as a form of decoration etc.

  2. bow

    A type of tool or piece of equipment created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, sizes and styles used to play a stringed instrument.

    Musicians use a bow to play a violin, cello, double bass and the viola.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bow in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chinese Proverb:

    If you bow at all, bow low.

  2. Nezbite:

    If your going to bow out, do it in style.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Every weed's fate is to bow in front of the wind!

  4. Samuel Jimenez:

    That's why we carry a bow and arrow, to shoot the beast.

  5. Loren Marino:

    It would sure be nice to bow out with another breed win.

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Translations for Bow

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ахыцAbkhaz
  • strykstokAfrikaans
  • ركع, قَوْس, انشوطة, انحنى, انحنى للتحيةArabic
  • смычо́к, лук, смыкBelarusian
  • извия се, поклоня се, панделка, извивам се, лък, извивам, свия, поклон, нос, извия, покланям се, свивам, извивкаBulgarian
  • goareg, gwaregBreton
  • corba, inclinació, doblegar, arc, reverència, corbar, vinclar, proaCatalan, Valencian
  • ӏадChechen
  • luk, poklona, příď, klička, smyčec, ohyb, ohnout, klanětCzech
  • bwa, blaenWelsh
  • bue, buk, bov, stryge, bukke, sløjfe, bøjeDanish
  • streichen, Bogen, Verbeugung, Bug, SchleifeGerman
  • daEwe
  • λυγίζω, δοξάρι, αψίδα, τόξο, πλώρη, φιόγκος, υπόκλιση, πρώρα, κυρτώνω, υποκλίνομαιGreek
  • arĉo, pafarko, arko, pruo, bantoEsperanto
  • arco, reverencia, proa, arquear, doblar, inclinar, lazoSpanish
  • vibuEstonian
  • خمیدن, خم, کرنش, کمان, تعظیم, آرشه, نماز, خم کردن, خماندنPersian
  • kaari, kokka, taivuttaa, kumartua, taipua, kumartaa, jousi, nauharuusuke, kumarrus, keula, rusettiFinnish
  • bogi, bógvurFaroese
  • archet, arc, proue, courber, fléchir, s'incliner, révérence, étraveFrench
  • strykstôk, bûge, bôge, in bûging meitsjen, bûging, boechWestern Frisian
  • bogha, tosachIrish
  • lùb, crom, bogha, ùmhlachd, toiseach, slatag, bogha-saighdeScottish Gaelic
  • croymManx
  • קֶשֶת, כופף, התכופף, קד, קידהHebrew
  • धनुष, कमानHindi
  • vonó, meghajol, masni, íj, hajóorrHungarian
  • աղեղArmenian
  • busurIndonesian
  • pruoIdo
  • svigna, bogi, hneiging, bógur, hneigja sig, slaufa, bugast, bogna, sveigja, strjúka, beygjaIcelandic
  • fiocco, arco, inchino, prua, archetto, curvare, incurvarsi, incurvare, piegarsi, fare la riverenza, piegare, curvarsi, inchinarsi, proraItalian
  • お辞儀する, 蝶結び, 弓, お辞儀, 辞儀, 辞儀するJapanese
  • მშვილდიGeorgian
  • тағзымKazakh
  • tagiutKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • ធ្នូKhmer
  • 활, 절, 이물Korean
  • kevanKurdish
  • arcusLatin
  • ຄັນທະນູLao
  • smičius, lankasLithuanian
  • loksLatvian
  • punake, puneke, tauihu, ihuMāori
  • се свиткува, се клања, панделка, гудало, свиткува, лак, поклон, гуди, се поклонува, свиокMacedonian
  • വില്ല്, കുനിയുകMalayalam
  • нумMongolian
  • panah, busurMalay
  • bue, baug, bogeNorwegian
  • strijkstok, buigen, strik, strijken, boog, buiging, boegDutch
  • boge, baugNorwegian Nynorsk
  • ałtį́į́Navajo, Navaho
  • arcOccitan
  • gashka'oojigan, naazhaabike'iganaak, mitigwaabOjibwe, Ojibwa
  • କୋଦଣ୍ଡOriya
  • zgięcie, kokarda, łuk, ukłon, dziób, prowadzić smyczek, kłaniać, smyczek, zgiąć, wygiąć, skłonić, zagięciePolish
  • curvar, arquear, arco, reverência, proa, laço, curva, [[tocar]] ([[com]] [[arco]]), curvar-sePortuguese
  • t'iwkaQuechua
  • artg, archRomansh
  • arc, apleca, închinaRomanian
  • лук, поклон, нос, бант, бантик, гнуться, кланяться, смычок, излучина, гнуть, поклонитьсяRussian
  • arcu, alcuSardinian
  • dávgiNorthern Sami
  • zavoj, klanjati, gudalo, luk, pognuti, лук, naklon, pramacSerbo-Croatian
  • luk, prova, sláčikSlovak
  • lokSlovene
  • harkAlbanian
  • bockning, bog, krökning, böjas, båge, kröka, bågna, rundning, buga, krokna, böja, bocka, rosett, stäv, stråke, pilbåge, bugning, förSwedish
  • uta, upindeSwahili
  • வில்Tamil
  • విల్లు, ధనుస్సుTelugu
  • ศร, โบว์, ธนู, โบ, หนังสะติ๊กThai
  • yayTurkish
  • смичо́к, лукUkrainian
  • دھنش, کمانUrdu
  • cung, 弓Vietnamese
  • bobVolapük
  • בויגןYiddish

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