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bow

  • To bend or curve downward; stoop.
  • To incline the body or head or bend the knee in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
  • To yield in defeat or out of courtesy; submit. See Synonyms at yield.
  • To bend (the head, knee, or body) to express greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
  • To convey (greeting, for example) by bending the body.
  • To escort deferentially: bowed us into the restaurant.
  • To cause to acquiesce; submit.
  • To overburden: Grief bowed them down.
  • An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
  • bow out To remove oneself; withdraw.
  • bow and scrape To behave obsequiously.
  • A bent, curved, or arched object.
  • A weapon consisting of a curved, flexible strip of material, especially wood, strung taut from end to end and used to launch arrows.
  • An archer.
  • Archers considered as a group.
  • Music A rod having horsehair drawn tightly between its two raised ends, used in playing instruments of the violin and viol families.
  • A stroke made by this rod.
  • A knot usually having two loops and two ends; a bowknot.
  • A frame for the lenses of a pair of eyeglasses.
  • The part of such a frame passing over the ear.
  • A rainbow.
  • An oxbow.
  • To bend (something) into the shape of a bow.