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bow


  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bow  \Bow\  (b[=o]),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bowed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bowing}.] 
  To  play  (music)  with  a  bow.  --  v.  i.  To  manage  the  bow. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bow  \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 
  ship. 
 
  {On  the  bow}  (Naut.),  on  that  part  of  the  horizon  within 
  45[deg]  on  either  side  of  the  line  ahead.  --Totten. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bow  \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. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bow  \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. 
  --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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bow  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bow  \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.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bow 
  adj  :  pertaining  to  the  forward  part  of  a  vessel  [syn:  {bow(a)}] 
  n  1:  a  knot  with  two  loops  and  loose  ends  used  to  tie  shoelaces 
  [syn:  {bowknot}] 
  2:  a  slightly  curved  piece  of  resilient  wood  with  taut 
  horsehair  strands,  used  in  playing  certain  stringed 
  instrument 
  3:  front  part  of  a  vessel  or  aircraft;  "he  pointed  the  bow  of 
  the  boat  toward  the  finish  line"  [syn:  {fore},  {prow},  {stem}] 
  4:  curved  piece  of  resilient  wood  with  taut  cord  to  propel 
  arrows 
  5:  something  curved  in  shape  [syn:  {arc}] 
  6:  bending  the  head  or  body  or  knee  as  a  sign  of  reverence  or 
  submission  or  shame  [syn:  {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:  {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 
  v  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 
  down}] 
  2:  submit  or  yield  to  another's  wish  or  opinion;  "The 
  government  bowed  to  the  military  pressure"  [syn:  {submit}, 
  {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  as  in  fear  or  deference;  "he  crouched  down"; 
  "She  bowed  before  the  Queen"  [syn:  {crouch},  {stoop},  {bend}] 
  5:  play  on  a  string  instrument 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Bow,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  42714 
  Bow,  NH 
  Zip  code(s):  03304 
  Bow,  WA 
  Zip  code(s):  98232 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bow 
  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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