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Definitions of bow

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

  1. When they returned to their former place in the bow, the captain had left it, so that the cook's " pecooliar spekilations" were not at that time made known. – Sunk at Sea by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. And he made such a low bow, as he took the money, that his head actually knocked the ground. – Mopsa the Fairy by Jean Ingelow
  3. I bow myself, but I never break. – Good Stories For Great Holidays Arranged for Story-Telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading by Frances Jenkins Olcott
  4. " I beg your pardon," he said, with a slight, half- mocking bow. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  5. I answer'd him with a bow. – The Splendid Spur by Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  6. After all, nobody in the hotel knows much about the matter, and there is, of course, no need to do more than bow to the men if you meet them at the landing, though it would be better to avoid this, if possible. – The Coast of Adventure by Harold Bindloss
  7. The bow, the smile, were perfect. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. I can't see it in the portrait, but I do in the way you move your hands and in the way you bow. – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  9. " You bow, and I am glad. – The Log School-House on the Columbia by Hezekiah Butterworth
  10. " Climb out on the bow," he suggested. – The Flying Stingaree by Harold Leland Goodwin
  11. Can't you see it there in the bow? – Marcy The Blockade Runner by Harry Castlemon
  12. " I will do my best, sir," said Mr. Thwaite, making his bow. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  13. She was found with her father, and taken with him and six other men to Bow Street Police Station. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol III by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  14. He sprang on the stage, and made her a rather low bow. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  15. " It is, my lord," says the fellow, much surprised, and giving a low bow, which they call a salawm. – Athelstane Ford by Allen Upward
  16. Well, said Friesshardt, and why not bow before an empty hat? – William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  17. I bow to thee; I keep thee in my sight. – Love Letters of a Violinist and Other Poems by Eric Mackay
  18. So, a few weeks before I was to make my professional bow to the public, I called my girl friends together, the companions of four years' study, and I said to them: Girls, I've made up my mind to go on the stage! – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  19. Mr. Murren stood by the bow with knife in hand ready to cut, waiting to the last minute. – The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  20. Christiane greeted Edwin's relative with a silent bow of the head. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
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