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Definition of Bow


  1. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved.
  2. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
  3. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
  4. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;/ to crush; to subdue.
  5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
  6. To bend; to curve.
  7. To stop.
  8. To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; -- often with down.
  9. To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow.
  10. 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.
  11. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.
  12. 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.
  13. An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string.
  14. The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.
  15. 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.
  16. An arcograph.
  17. 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.
  18. A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.
  19. Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.
  20. To play (music) with a bow.
  21. To manage the bow.
  22. The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.
  23. One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.

Bow Quotations

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Khalil Gibran

I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.
Tupac Shakur

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Khalil Gibran

My style is definitely schizophrenic; it does change from day to day a lot. It depends on my mood: sometimes I'll be going through a girly, childlike stage and wear a pretty lace dress with a bow in my hair. Then sometimes I'll be moody and just wear black.
Amber Le Bon

Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.
Bill Gates
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Bow Translations

bow in Danish is bue, bov
bow in Dutch is boog, toog
bow in Finnish is kaari
bow in French is arc
bow in German is Bogen
bow in Italian is prua, arco
bow in Latin is inflecto inflexi inflectum
bow in Portuguese is curva, proa
bow in Spanish is inclinarse
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