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bow

noun (n)

  • a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: bowknot
    source: wordnet30
  • a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • front part of a vessel or aircraft (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: fore, prow, stem
    Example:
    He pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line.
    source: wordnet30
  • a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • something curved in shape (noun.shape)
    Synonym: arc
    source: wordnet30
  • bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting (noun.communication)
    Synonym: bowing, obeisance
    source: wordnet30
  • an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience (noun.communication)
    Synonym: curtain call
    source: wordnet30
  • a decorative interlacing of ribbons (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head (verb.communication)
    Synonym: bow down
    Example:
    He bowed before the King.
    She bowed her head in shame.
    source: wordnet30
  • yield to another's wish or opinion (verb.communication)
    Synonym: accede, defer, give in, submit
    Example:
    The government bowed to the military pressure.
    source: wordnet30
  • bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting (verb.motion)
    Example:
    He bowed before the King.
    source: wordnet30
  • bend one's back forward from the waist on down (verb.motion)
    Synonym: bend, crouch, stoop
    Example:
    She bowed before the Queen.
    source: wordnet30
  • play on a string instrument with a bow (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To bend; to curve. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To play (music) with a bow. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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