Bow meaning

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Bow is defined as the very front part of a ship.

An example of bow is where the "flying scene" takes place in the movie Titanic.

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To incline the body or head or bend the knee in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
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To bend (the head, knee, or body) to express greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
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To yield in defeat or out of courtesy; submit.
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To convey (greeting, for example) by bending the body.
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To escort deferentially.

Bowed us into the restaurant.

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The definition of a bow is anything curved or bent, especially a device used for shooting arrows.

An example of bow is what an archer uses to shoot arrows.

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(naut.) A direction at a 45° angle left or right from dead ahead.

A whale sighted on the port bow.

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The front section of a ship or boat.
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The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.
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To bend or curve downward; stoop.
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To cause to acquiesce; submit.
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To overburden.

Grief bowed them down.

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An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
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A bent, curved, or arched object.
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A weapon consisting of a curved, flexible strip of material, especially wood, strung taut from end to end and used to launch arrows.
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A knot usually having two loops and two ends; a bowknot.
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A rainbow.
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An oxbow.
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To bend (something) into the shape of a bow.
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(music) To play (a stringed instrument) with a bow.
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To bend into a curve or bow.
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(music) To play a stringed instrument with a bow.
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To bend down one's head or bend one's body in respect, agreement, worship, recognition, etc.
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To yield or submit, as to authority.
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To express assent, greeting, etc. by bowing.
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(dial.) To bend.
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To bend (one's head) down in respect, prayer, shame, etc.
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To indicate (agreement, thanks, etc.) by bowing.
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To weigh (down); overwhelm; crush.

The president was bowed down by the burdens of office.

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A bending down of the head or body, as in respect or greeting.
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Anything curved or bent.

A rainbow, oxbow.

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A curve; bend.
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A device for shooting arrows, made of a flexible, curved strip of wood, metal, etc. with a tightly drawn cord connecting the two ends.
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An archer.
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A bowknot or a decorative knot, as of ribbon, with two or more loops.
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Either of the sidepieces of a pair of glasses extending over the ears; temple.
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Bow-shaped; curved; bent.
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To bend or curve.

The wall bowed outward from the pressure.

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(music) To play (a violin, etc.) with a bow.
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The front part of a ship, boat, or airship; prow.
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The rower nearest the bow.
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A weapon made of a curved piece of wood or other flexible material whose ends are connected by a string, used for shooting arrows.
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A curved bend in a rod or planar surface, or in a linear formation such as a river (see oxbow).
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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 hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.
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(nautical) A crude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.
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(saddlery) Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.
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To play music on (a stringed instrument) using a bow.

The musician bowed his violin expertly.

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(intransitive) To become bent or curved.

The shelf bowed under the weight of the books.

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To make something bend or curve.
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(figuratively) To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
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(intransitive) To premiere.

Cronenberg’s "Cosmopolis" bows in Cannes this week.

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(intransitive) To bend oneself as a gesture of respect or deference.

That singer always bows towards her audience for some reason.

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(intransitive) To debut.
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(intransitive) To defer (to something).

I bow to your better judgement in the matter.

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A gesture, usually showing respect, made by inclining the head or bending forward at the waist.

He bowed politely as he entered the room.

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The new product will make its bow on the world market this summer.

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(nautical) The front of a boat or ship.
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Bow means to bend one's head or body in respect or recognition or to yield to someone's authority.

An example of bow is how two opponents greet each other before they begin a karate match.

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Either of the sides of this front section.

The starboard bow.

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(dial.) To bend or stoop.
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A rod with horsehair (an artificial substitute) stretched between the ends, used for playing various stringed musical instruments.
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A stringed instrument, similar to the item described above.
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A type of knot with two loops, used to tie together two cords such as shoelaces or apron strings, and frequently used as decoration, such as in gift-wrapping.
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Anything bent or curved, such as a rainbow.
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The U-shaped piece which goes around the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.
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bow and scrape
  • To behave obsequiously.
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bow and scrape
  • to be too polite and ingratiating
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bow out
  • to leave or retire formally or ceremoniously
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bow out (or in)
  • to usher out (or in) with a bow
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take a bow
  • to acknowledge an introduction, applause, etc. as by bowing
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bow

  • Middle English bowen from Old English būgan bheug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English boue probably of Low German origin bheug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bowe from Old English boga bheug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English būgan, from Proto-Germanic *beuganą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰūgʰ- (“to bend”). Cognate with Dutch buigen, German biegen, Danish bue.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English boga, from Proto-Germanic *bugô. Cognate with West Frisian boge, Dutch boog, German Bogen, Danish bue, Swedish båge.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle Dutch boech or Old Norse bógr.

    From Wiktionary