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Meaning & Definition of Bow in English

English

Bow

/baʊ/

noun

1. A knot with two loops and loose ends

  • Used to tie shoelaces
    synonym:
  • bow
  • ,
  • bowknot

2. A slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands

  • Used in playing certain stringed instruments
    synonym:
  • bow

3. Front part of a vessel or aircraft

  • "He pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
    synonym:
  • 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

    synonym:
  • bow

5. Something curved in shape

    synonym:
  • bow
  • ,
  • arc

6. Bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

    synonym:
  • 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

    synonym:
  • bow
  • ,
  • curtain call

8. A decorative interlacing of ribbons

    synonym:
  • bow

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

    synonym:
  • bow

verb

1. Bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head

  • "He bowed before the king"
  • "She bowed her head in shame"
    synonym:
  • bow
  • ,
  • bow down

2. Yield to another's wish or opinion

  • "The government bowed to the military pressure"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • bow

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"
    synonym:
  • crouch
  • ,
  • stoop
  • ,
  • bend
  • ,
  • bow

5. Play on a string instrument with a bow

    synonym:
  • bow

Examples of using

If I don't have a bow, I can't play the violin.
The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.
By the age of seven, he had already made his own bow and arrows.