Bow

Definition of Bow

Pronunciation: bou
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Bowed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bowing.]
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.
v. i.1.To bend; to curve.
2.To stop.
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.
n.1.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.
1.
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) 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.
v. i.1.To play (music) with a bow.
[imp. & p. p. Bowed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bowing.]
n.1.
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° on either side of the line ahead.
- Totten.

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