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Definitions of bow:

  • noun:   a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
  • noun:   a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
  • noun:   curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
  • noun:   front part of a vessel or aircraft
    Example: "He pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
  • noun:   a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
  • noun:   a decorative interlacing of ribbons
  • noun:   an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
  • noun:   bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
  • noun:   something curved in shape
  • verb:   bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
    Example: "He bowed before the King"
  • verb:   bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
    Example: "He bowed before the King"
  • verb:   play on a string instrument
  • verb:   submit or yield to another's wish or opinion
    Example: "The government bowed to the military pressure"
  • verb:   bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    Example: "She bowed before the Queen"
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 100000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #9466)


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