bow bow  /ˈbaʊ/


  1. (n) a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
  2. (n) a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
  3. (n) front part of a vessel or aircraft
  4. (n) a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
  5. (n) something curved in shape
  6. (n) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
  7. (n) an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
  8. (n) a decorative interlacing of ribbons
  9. (n) a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
  10. (v) bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
  11. (v) yield to another's wish or opinion
  12. (v) bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
  13. (v) bend one's back forward from the waist on down
  14. (v) play on a string instrument with a bow

Derived Word(s)


  1. Hunters in Pennsylvania have never been allowed to hunt with bows and arrows.
  2. A Sweden-bound ferry that sank Tuesday, killing 1,102 people, had a door missing in its bow, according to Swedish authorities.
  3. Take A Bow Michelle Obama shows her playful side, showing up in Prague on Sunday in an oversized white bow-festooned bouse by Moschino.


  1. Women gather to learn outdoor skills with BOW

    Phyllis Kelly, of Topeka, may not look like the outdoorsy type, but this Saturday, she came to Shawnee State lake to practice shooting, fishing, and cooking over a fire at BOW's Taste of the Outdoors event.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal

  2. Bow hunting at PTA this weekend

    Army officials are opening several training areas for bow hunting at Pohakuloa Training Area on Saturday and Sunday from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Training Areas 1-4 and 10-11 will be open for bow hunting of mammals only.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Hawaii Tribune-Herald

  3. Iron Bow Technologies Wins Cisco Geographical Region Award for Data Center Excellence at Cisco Partner Summit 2013

    Iron Bow Technologies LLC, an information technology solutions provider, announced today that the company has been recognized by Cisco Systems for three awards including: Commercial U.S.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. Republican Senator Charles Grassley said in a radio interview on Monday he would feel better if AIG's top managers were to "take that deep bow and say 'I'm sorry' and then either do one of two things: resign or go commit suicide."
    on Mar 17, 2009 By: Charles Grassley Source: Reuters

  2. "My bow didn't go the way I wanted," Williams said. "I didn't get my wrist action that I thought I would have, and then I got nervous. ...... I definitely handle pressure way better on the court than off."
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Serena Williams Source: The Associated Press

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