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Definition of BOW

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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}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved. [1913 Webster]

              We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to their natural straightness.           --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny.                           --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

     2. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline. [1913 Webster]

              Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.
                                                    --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              Not to bow and bias their opinions.   --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

     3. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension. [1913 Webster]

              They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.                    --2 Kings ii.
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     4. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;? to crush; to subdue. [1913 Webster]

              Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks. [1913 Webster]

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

Bow \Bow\ (bou), v. i.
     1. To bend; to curve. [Obs.]
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     2. To stop. [Archaic]
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              They stoop, they bow down together.   --Is. xlvi. 2? [1913 Webster]

     3. To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; -- often with down. [1913 Webster]

              O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.            --Ps. xcv. 6. [1913 Webster]

     4. To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow. [1913 Webster]

              Admired, adored by all circling crowd, For wheresoe'er she turned her face, they bowed.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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

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. [1913 Webster]

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

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.] [1913 Webster]
     1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster]

              I do set my bow in the cloud.         --Gen. ix. 13. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     3. An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string. [1913 Webster]

     4. The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     6. An arcograph.
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     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. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Naut.) A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea. [1913 Webster]

     9. (Saddlery) sing. or pl. Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree. [1913 Webster]

     {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.] [1913 Webster]

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

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. [1913 Webster]

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

Bow \Bow\ (b[=o]), n. [Icel. b[=o]gr shoulder, bow of a ship. See {Bough}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. (Naut.) The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Naut.) One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar. [1913 Webster]

     {Bow chaser} (Naut.), a gun in the bow for firing while chasing another vessel. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

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

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