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Definitions of bow

  1. To bend or incline the body out of respect; to stoop; to sink under pressure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To stop. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,; to crush; to subdue. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. To bend or curve like a bow. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. To bend or incline towards: to subdue. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. To bend; subdue. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To bend or cause to bend forward, as in reverence; subdue; humiliate; oppress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To curve like a bow; bend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To bend; to curve. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To play (music) with a bow. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. To manage the bow. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; - often with down. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To bend the head in greeting; to bend the knee or head in respect, submission, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. Become bent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. To bend the body in saluting a person: the curving forepart of a ship. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. To bend the body; yield. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. To bend; assent; worship; submit; yield. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. To bend; to bend, as the head or body, in token of respect or condescension; to depress; to crush; to subdue. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. To bend; to bend the body in token of respect; to crush; to depress; to stoop. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  40. a decorative interlacing of ribbons Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  42. bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  43. play on a string instrument Wordnet Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. A bending of the head or of the body as a salute, etc.; the forepart of a vessel or an airship. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  50. An inclination of the body; the forepart of a ship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  51. Anything of a curved shape; a bent piece of wood to shoot arrows; instrument by which the strings of a violin are sounded. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  52. A bending of body or head forward and downward, as in salutation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  53. A bend or curve, or something bent or curved, as a loop of ribbon, rim of spectacles, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  54. An elastic weapon, bent by a cord, for shooting arrows. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  55. A rod bearing parallel hairs, used with a violin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  56. The forward part of a vessel; prow. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  57. A respectful inclination of the head, or bending of the body; the rounded fore-part of a ship. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  59. An act of respect by bending the body, or by inclining the head. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  61. pertaining to the forward part of a vessel Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  62. Anything curved or arched, as a bow-window. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for bow

  1. Christiane greeted Edwin's relative with a silent bow of the head. – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  2. 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.
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