Definitions of bow

  1. To bend or incline the body out of respect; to stoop; to sink under pressure.
  2. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved.
  3. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
  4. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
  5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
  6. To stop.
  7. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.
  8. 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.
  9. An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string.
  10. The U- shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.
  14. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,; to crush; to subdue.
  15. To cause to bend or ncline; bend, as the head or body, in token of respect, submission, etc.; to crush; to usher in or out; to express, as thanks, by bending the head or body.
  16. To bend or curve like a bow.
  17. To bend or incline towards: to subdue.
  18. To bend; subdue.
  19. To bend or cause to bend forward, as in reverence; subdue; humiliate; oppress.
  20. To curve like a bow; bend.
  21. To bend; to curve.
  22. To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow.
  23. To play ( music) with a bow.
  24. To manage the bow.
  25. To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; - often with down.
  26. To bend the head in greeting; to bend the knee or head in respect, submission, etc.
  27. Become bent.
  28. To bend the body in saluting a person: the curving forepart of a ship.
  29. To bend the body; yield.
  30. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; " The government bowed to the military pressure"
  31. bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; " He bowed before the King"; " She bowed her head in shame"
  32. bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; " He bowed before the King"
  33. To bend; assent; worship; submit; yield.
  34. To bend; to bend, as the head or body, in token of respect or condescension; to depress; to crush; to subdue.
  35. To bend; to bend the body in token of respect; to crush; to depress; to stoop.
  36. Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.
  37. a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
  38. a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
  39. curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
  40. a decorative interlacing of ribbons
  41. an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
  42. bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
  43. play on a string instrument
  44. 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.
  45. The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.
  46. One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.
  47. A bending of the head or of the body as a salute, etc.; the forepart of a vessel or an airship.
  48. A weapon for shooting arrows; anything curved; as, a rainbow; an implement; as, a violin bow; a looped knot of ribbon or other material.
  49. A bent piece of wood for shooting arrows: anything of a bent or curved shape, as the rainbow: the instrument by which the strings of a violin are sounded.
  50. An inclination of the body; the forepart of a ship.
  51. Anything of a curved shape; a bent piece of wood to shoot arrows; instrument by which the strings of a violin are sounded.
  52. A bending of body or head forward and downward, as in salutation.
  53. A bend or curve, or something bent or curved, as a loop of ribbon, rim of spectacles, etc.
  54. An elastic weapon, bent by a cord, for shooting arrows.
  55. A rod bearing parallel hairs, used with a violin.
  56. The forward part of a vessel; prow.
  57. A respectful inclination of the head, or bending of the body; the rounded fore- part of a ship.
  58. A well- known weapon or Instrument to shoot arrows with; anything bent or in form of a curve, as the rainbow; the doubling of a string, ribbon, & c., in a slip knot; the instrument with which the chords of a violin axe sounded; an instrument for turning a drill.
  59. An act of respect by bending the body, or by inclining the head.
  60. An instrument for shooting arrows with; a name given to various instruments; the curved doubling of a ribbon or string in a slip- knot.
  61. pertaining to the forward part of a vessel
  62. Anything curved or arched, as a bow- window.