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adjective (1)

: bent downward and forward
listened with bowed heads
: having the back and head inclined


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adjective (2)

: furnished with or shaped like a bow

Examples of bowed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
In what had been the kitchen, a bowed fridge, a warped sink top and a charred oven huddled together. Anumita Kaur, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023 The spaces among bowed strings, brasses and percussion are wider. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Helical piers are suited to specific foundation issues like lifting fragile structures that have sagged, supporting properties on sandy soils or tying back bowed walls. Robby Brown, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 The five-story residence was designed with a bowed front on three levels, allowing for light to flood the home from not only the west, but also the south and north. Lucia Tonelli, Town & Country, 6 Aug. 2021 With bowed heads, descendants of ancestors discovered at lost cemeteries downtown celebrated their legacy at a construction site near Milam Park on Tuesday. Vincent T. Davis,, 1 Sep. 2020

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Word History


Adjective (1)

past participle of bow entry 1

Adjective (2)

partly from bow entry 3 + -ed; partly from past participle of bow entry 4

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowed was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bowed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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