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bow

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verb \ ˈbau̇ \

Definition of bow

intransitive verb
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
2 :to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence, submission, or shame
  • Bow before the king.
  • bowed her head in shame
3 :to incline the head or body in salutation or assent or to acknowledge applause
  • bowing to the audience
4 :debut
  • the play will bow next month
transitive verb
1 :to cause to incline
  • wind bowing the treetops
2 :to incline especially in respect or submission
  • bow their heads in prayer
3 :to crush with a heavy burden
  • whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave Shakespeare
4 a :to express by bending the head, body, or knee :to express by bowing
  • bowing his appreciation
b :to usher in or out with a bow (see 2bow)

Origin and Etymology of bow

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


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bow

noun

Definition of bow

:a bending of the head or body in respect, submission, assent, or salutation; also :a show of respect or submission
  • smiled and gave a bow

Origin and Etymology of bow

see 1bow


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bow

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noun \ ˈbō \

Definition of bow

1 a :something bent into a simple curve or arc
b :rainbow
2 :a weapon that is used to propel an arrow and that is made of a strip of flexible material (such as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent
  • hunting with bow and arrow
3 :archer
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 music
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
  • on the up bow

Origin and Etymology of bow

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

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bow

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verb \ ˈbō \

Definition of bow

intransitive verb
1 :to bend into a curve
  • the wall bows a little
2 music :to play a stringed instrument with a bow (see 3bow 5a)
transitive verb
1 :to cause to bend into a curve
  • Years of riding had bowed his legs.
2 music :to play (a stringed instrument) with a bow
  • bowing the strings

Origin and Etymology of bow

see 3bow


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bow

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noun \ ˈbau̇ \

Definition of bow

1 nautical :the forward part of a ship often used in plural
  • crossing the bows
2 nautical :2bowman

Origin and Etymology of bow

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


Bow

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geographical name \ ˈbō \

Definition of Bow

river 315 miles (507 kilometers) long in southwestern Alberta, Canada, 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 :to bend the head or body as an act of politeness or respect
2 :to stop resisting :yield
  • He bowed to pressure to resign.

2

bow

noun

Definition of bow for Students

: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 :a weapon used for shooting arrows and usually made of a strip of wood bent by a cord connecting the two ends
2 :something shaped in a curve
3 :a knot made with one or more loops
  • Tie the ribbon in a bow.
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
: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

:the forward part of a ship

Medical Dictionary

bow

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noun \ ˈbō \

medical Definition of bow

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


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