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  Definition of Bow
  1. a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
  2. a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
  3. curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
  4. front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
  5. a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
  6. a decorative interlacing of ribbons
  7. an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
  8. bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
  9. something curved in shape
  10. submit or yield to another''s wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
  11. bend one''s knee or body, or lower one''s head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
  12. play on a string instrument
  13. bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
  14. 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"
Similar Words: fore, prow, stem, bowknot, curtain call, bowing, obeisance, arc, submit, defer, accede, give in, bow down, crouch, stoop, bend


See Also: prostrate, bow down, stoop to


Hyponyms: down-bow, up-bow, fiddlestick, violin bow, crossbow, Cupid's bow, handbow, longbow, curtsy, curtsey, genuflection, genuflexion, kowtow, kotow, scrape, scraping, salaam, rainbow, congee, conge, take a bow, genuflect, squinch, huddle, cower


Entailments: change posture


Part Meronyms: bow and arrow, vessel, watercraft


Derivational Morphology: crouch, stoop, bend, bow down, arch, curve, arc, deference, respect, respectfulness, submission, compliance, submitter, bowing, obeisance, stooper


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: strykstok   Albanian: hark  
Bosnian: luk   Breton: gwareg  
Catalan: arc and corba and corbar and proa   Chinese: 鞠躬 and and 弦樂器的弓 and 彎曲  
Croatian: luk   Danish: bov and bue and buk and bukke  
Dutch: boeg and boog and buigen and buiging and een buiging and strijkstok   Esperanto: arko and arĉo and pruo  
Estonian: vibu   Finnish: jousi and kaari and keula and kumarrus and kumartaa and taipua  
French: arc and archet and étrave and fléchir and révérence and s'incliner   Frisian: boech and strykstôk  
German: Bogen and Bug and sich biegen and sich verbeugen and Verbeugung   Greek: τόξο  
Hebrew: להתכופף and לקוד and קֶשֶת and קידה and קשת   Hungarian: íj and hajóorr and meghajol and vonó  
Icelandic: bogi and bogna and hneiging and hneigja sig and kjölur   Ido: pruo  
Italian: arco and curvarsi and inchinarsi and prua   Japanese: 辞儀 and  
Kurdish: kevan   Latin: arcus  
Lithuanian: smičius   Malay: busur  
Malayalam: കുനിയുക and വില്ല്   Norwegian: baug and bue  
Polish: dziób and smyczek and ukłonić się and zgięcie and łuk   Portuguese: arco and curvar-se and proa and reverência  
Romanian: arc   Russian: гнуться and излучина and кланяться and лук and нос and поклон and смычок  
Serbian: naklon   Slovak: luk and prova and sláčik  
Slovene: lok   Spanish: arco and arquear and doblar and proa and reverencia  
Swedish: båge and böja and bocka and bockning and bog and stråke   Telugu: విల్లు  
Turkish: yay  
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