Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

oxbow

play
noun ox·bow \ˈäks-ˌbō\

Simple Definition of oxbow

  • : a place where a river curves in the shape of a U

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oxbow

  1. 1 :  a U-shaped frame forming a collar about an ox's neck and holding the yoke in place

  2. 2 :  something (as a bend in a river) resembling an oxbow

oxbow

adjective

Illustration of oxbow

14th Century

First Known Use of oxbow

14th century


OXBOW Defined for Kids

oxbow

play
noun ox·bow \ˈäks-ˌbō\

Definition of oxbow for Students

  1. :  a bend in a river in the shape of a U




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up oxbow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

at a gallop

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

accomodate acommadate accommodate acommodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ