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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bow \Bow\ (bou), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Bowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bowing}.] [OE. bowen, bogen, bugen, AS. b[=u]gan (generally verb (used without an object)); 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. --Bacon.

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. 15.

4. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;? to crush; to subdue.

Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave. --Shak.

5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bow \Bow\ (bou), verb (used without an object)

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. --Dryden.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bow \Bow\ (bou), noun 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bow \Bow\ (b[=o]), noun [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, verb (used with an object)]

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.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bow \Bow\ (b[=o]), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Bowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bowing}.] To play (music) with a bow. -- verb (used without an object) To manage the bow.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bow \Bow\ (b[=o]), noun [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 ship.

{On the bow} (Naut.), on that part of the horizon within 45[deg] on either side of the line ahead. --Totten.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bow

noun

1: a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces [syn: {bow}, {bowknot}]

2: a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments

3: front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line" [syn: {bow}, {fore}, {prow}, {stem}]

4: a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow

5: something curved in shape [syn: {bow}, {arc}]

6: bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting [syn: {bow}, {bowing}, {obeisance}]

7: an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience [syn: {bow}, {curtain call}]

8: a decorative interlacing of ribbons

9: a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

verb

1: bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame" [syn: {bow}, {bow down}]

2: yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure" [syn: {submit}, {bow}, {defer}, {accede}, {give in}]

3: bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"

4: 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" [syn: {crouch}, {stoop}, {bend}, {bow}]

5: play on a string instrument with a bow

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