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Meaning of BOW

Pronunciation:  bou or baw

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
  2. [n]  a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
  3. [n]  curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
  4. [n]  front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
  5. [n]  a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
  6. [n]  a decorative interlacing of ribbons
  7. [n]  an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
  8. [n]  bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
  9. [n]  something curved in shape
  10. [v]  submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
  11. [v]  bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
  12. [v]  play on a string instrument
  13. [v]  bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
  14. [v]  bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"

BOW is a 3 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: accede, arc, bend, bow down, bowing, bowknot, crouch, curtain call, defer, fore, give in, obeisance, prow, stem, stoop, submit
 See Also: arm, bow and arrow, bow down, bowstring, buckle under, change posture, conge, congee, cower, crossbow, Cupid's bow, curtsey, curtsey, curtsy, curtsy, curve, curved shape, decoration, down-bow, fiddlestick, flex, front, genuflect, genuflection, genuflexion, gesticulate, gesture, gesture, handbow, huddle, knot, knuckle under, kotow, kowtow, kowtow, limb, longbow, motion, motion, ornament, ornamentation, play, prostrate, rainbow, salaam, scrape, scrape, scraping, squinch, stick, stoop to, stroke, succumb, take a bow, thanks, up-bow, vessel, violin bow, watercraft, weapon, weapon system, yield



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bow\ (bou), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bowed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Bowing}.] [OE. bowen, bogen, bugen, AS. b[=u]gan (generally
    v. i.); akin to D. buigen, OHG. biogan, G. biegen, beugen,
    Icel. boginn bent, beygja to bend, Sw. b["o]ja, Dan. b["o]ie,
    bugne, Coth. biugan; also to L. fugere to flee, Gr. ?, and
    Skr. bhuj to bend. [root]88. Cf. {Fugitive}.]
    1. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to
       inflect; to make crooked or curved.
             We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to
             their natural straightness.           --Milton.
             The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind
             of tyranny.                           --Prescott.
    2. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to
       bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
             Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.
             Not to bow and bias their opinions.   --Fuller.
    3. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of
       respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
             They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the
             ground before him.                    --2 Kings ii.
    4. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;? to
       crush; to subdue.
             Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave.
    5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
  2. \Bow\ (bou), v. i.
    1. To bend; to curve. [Obs.]
    2. To stop. [Archaic]
             They stoop, they bow down together.   --Is. xlvi. 2?
    3. To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or
       submission; -- often with down.
             O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel
             before the Lord our maker.            --Ps. xcv. 6.
    4. To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or
       assent; to make bow.
             Admired, adored by all circling crowd, For
             wheresoe'er she turned her face, they bowed.
  3. \Bow\ (bou), n.
    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.
  4. \Bow\ (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS.
    b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See
    {Bow}, v. t.]
    1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.
             I do set my bow in the cloud.         --Gen. ix. 13.
    2. 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.
    3. An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by
       doubling a ribbon or string.
    4. The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and
       fastens it to the yoke.
    5. (Mus.) 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.
    6. An arcograph.
    7. (Mech. & Manuf.) 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.
    8. (Naut.) A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking
       the sun's altitude at sea.
    9. (Saddlery) sing. or pl. Two pieces of wood which form the
       arched forward part of a saddletree.
    {Bow bearer} (O. Eng. Law), an under officer of the forest
       who looked after trespassers.
    {Bow drill}, a drill worked by a bow and string.
    {Bow instrument} (Mus.), any stringed instrument from which
       the tones are produced by the bow.
    {Bow window} (Arch.) See {Bay window}.
    {To draw a long bow}, to lie; to exaggerate. [Colloq.]
  5. \Bow\ (b[=o]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Bowed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To play (music) with a bow. -- v. i. To manage the bow.
  6. \Bow\ (b[=o]), n. [Icel. b[=o]gr shoulder, bow of a ship.
    See {Bough}.]
    1. (Naut.) The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the
       stream or prow.
    2. (Naut.) One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the
       bow oar.
    {Bow chaser} (Naut.), a gun in the bow for firing while
       chasing another vessel. --Totten.
    {Bow piece}, a piece of ordnance carried at the bow of a
    {On the bow} (Naut.), on that part of the horizon within
       45[deg] on either side of the line ahead. --Totten.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Bowing represents respect. You are acknowledging a greater and larger power. Dreaming of an archer's bow, refers to the pursuit and accomplishment of your goals.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The bow was in use in early times both in war and in the chase (Gen. 21:20; 27:3; 48:22). The tribe of Benjamin were famous for the use of the bow (1 Chr. 8:40; 12:2; 2 Chr. 14:8; 17:17); so also were the Elamites (Isa. 22:6) and the Lydians (Jer. 46:9). The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means properly to tread (1 Chr. 5:18; 8:40), and hence it is concluded that the foot was employed in bending the bow. Bows of steel (correctly "copper") are mentioned (2 Sam. 22:35; Ps. 18:34).

The arrows were carried in a quiver (Gen. 27:3; Isa. 22:6; 49:2; Ps. 127:5). They were apparently sometimes shot with some burning material attached to them (Ps. 120:4).

The bow is a symbol of victory (Ps. 7:12). It denotes also falsehood, deceit (Ps. 64:3, 4; Hos. 7:16; Jer. 9:3).

"The use of the bow" in 2 Sam. 1:18 (A.V.) ought to be "the song of the bow," as in the Revised Version.

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