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bow

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verb \ˈbau̇\

Definition of bow

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cease from competition or resistance :  submit, yield <refusing to bow to the inevitable — John O'Hara>; also :  to suffer defeat <bowed to the champion>

  3. 2 :  to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence, submission, or shame

  4. 3 :  to incline the head or body in salutation or assent or to acknowledge applause

  5. 4 :  debut <the play will bow next month>

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to cause to incline

  8. 2 :  to incline (as the head) especially in respect or submission

  9. 3 :  to crush with a heavy burden

  10. 4 a :  to express by bowing b :  to usher in or out with a bow



Origin and Etymology of bow

Middle English, from Old English būgan; akin to Old High German biogan to bend, Sanskrit bhujati he bends


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bow

noun

Definition of bow

  1. :  a bending of the head or body in respect, submission, assent, or salutation; also :  a show of respect or submission



Circa 1656

First Known Use of bow

circa 1656


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bow

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noun \ˈbō\

Definition of bow

  1. 1 a :  something bent into a simple curve b :  rainbow

  2. 2 :  a weapon that is made of a strip of flexible material (as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent and that is used to propel an arrow

  3. 3 :  archer

  4. 4 a :  a metal ring or loop forming a handle (as of a key) b :  a knot formed by doubling a ribbon or string into two or more loops c :  bow tie 1 d :  a frame for the lenses of eyeglasses; also :  the sidepiece of the frame passing over the ear

  5. 5 a :  a wooden rod with horsehairs stretched from end to end used in playing an instrument of the viol or violin family b :  a stroke of such a bow



Origin and Etymology of bow

Middle English bowe, from Old English boga; akin to Old English būgan


First Known Use: before 12th century

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bow

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verb \ˈbō\

Definition of bow

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bend into a curve

  3. 2 :  to play a stringed musical instrument with a bow

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to bend into a curve

  6. 2 :  to play (a stringed instrument) with a bow



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bow

before 12th century


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bow

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noun \ˈbau̇\

Definition of bow

  1. 1 :  the forward part of a ship —often used in plural <crossing the bows>

  2. 2 :  2bowman



Origin and Etymology of bow

Middle English bowe, bowgh, probably from Middle Dutch boech bow, shoulder; akin to Old English bōg bough


First Known Use: 15th century


Bow

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geographical name \ˈbō\

Definition of Bow

  1. river 315 miles (507 kilometers) Canada in SW Alberta rising in Banff National Park





BOW Defined for Kids

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bow

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verb \ˈbau̇\

Definition of bow for Students

bowed

bowing

  1. 1 :  to bend the head or body as an act of politeness or respect

  2. 2 :  to stop resisting :  yield <He bowed to pressure to resign.>




2

bow

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noun

Definition of bow for Students

  1. :  the act of bending the head or body to express politeness or respect




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bow

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noun \ˈbō\

Definition of bow for Students

  1. 1 :  a weapon used for shooting arrows and usually made of a strip of wood bent by a cord connecting the two ends

  2. 2 :  something shaped in a curve

  3. 3 :  a knot made with one or more loops <Tie the ribbon in a bow.>

  4. 4 :  a rod with horsehairs stretched from end to end used for playing a stringed instrument (as a violin)




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bow

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verb \ˈbō\

Definition of bow for Students

bowed

bowing

  1. :  to bend or cause to bend into a curve <The wall bows out.>




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bow

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noun \ˈbau̇\

Definition of bow for Students

  1. :  the forward part of a ship




Medical Dictionary

bow

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noun \ˈbō\

Medical Definition of bow

  1. :  a frame for the lenses of eyeglasses; also :  the curved sidepiece of the frame passing over the ear





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