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

Some people fast, some people go on a cruise or visit a day spa. I get out in the woods with a rifle or a bow. That's my release.
Chris Pratt

My father was a very good Boy Scout. He was very skilled with knots, and he showed me how to tie a bow tie.
Bill Nye

The brave men die in war. It takes great luck or judgment not to be killed. Once, at least, the head has to bow and the knee has to bend to danger. The soldiers who march back under the triumphal arches are death's deserters.
Jean Giraudoux

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
Clement Clarke Moore
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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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