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BOW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bow mean? 

BOW (noun)
  The noun BOW has 9 senses:

1. a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
2. a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
3. front part of a vessel or aircraft
4. curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
5. something curved in shape
6. bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
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. a decorative interlacing of ribbons
9. a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

  Familiarity information: BOW used as a noun is familiar.


BOW (verb)
  The verb BOW has 5 senses:

1. bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
2. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion
3. bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
4. bend one's back forward from the waist on down
5. play on a string instrument

  Familiarity information: BOW used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BOW (noun)


Sense 1bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bowknot; bow

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

knot (any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object)


Sense 2bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

stick (an implement consisting of a length of wood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bow"):

fiddlestick; violin bow (a bow used in playing the violin)


Sense 3bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Front part of a vessel or aircraft

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

fore; prow; bow; stem

Context example:

he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

front (the side that is seen or that goes first)

Holonyms ("bow" is a part of...):

vessel; watercraft (a craft designed for water transportation)


Sense 4bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

arm; weapon; weapon system (any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting)

Meronyms (parts of "bow"):

bowstring (the string of an archer's bow)

limb (either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bow"):

longbow (a powerful wooden bow drawn by hand; usually 5-6 feet long; used in medieval England)

handbow (a bow drawn by hand as distinguished from a crossbow)

Cupid's bow (a curved bow with reversed curve ends)

crossbow (a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel))

Holonyms ("bow" is a part of...):

bow and arrow (a weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them)


Sense 5bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something curved in shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

arc; bow

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

curve; curved shape (the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bow"):

rainbow (an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain)


Sense 6bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bowing; obeisance; bow

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

gesture; motion (the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bow"):

salaam (a deep bow; a Muslim form of salutation)

scrape; scraping (a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility))

kotow; kowtow (a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission)

genuflection; genuflexion (the act of bending the knees in worship or reverence)

curtsey; curtsy (bending at the knees; a gesture of respect made by women)


Sense 7bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

curtain call; bow

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

thanks (an acknowledgment of appreciation)


Sense 8bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A decorative interlacing of ribbons

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

decoration; ornament; ornamentation (something used to beautify)


Sense 9bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("bow" is a kind of...):

stroke (a single complete movement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bow"):

down-bow (a downward stroke from the heel to the tip of the bow)

up-bow (an upward stroke from the tip to the heel of the bow)


BOW (verb)


Sense 1bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

bow; bow down

Context examples:

He bowed before the King / She bowed her head in shame

Hypernyms (to "bow" is one way to...):

gesticulate; gesture; motion (show, express or direct through movement)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bow"):

conge; congee (perform a ceremonious bow)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s to somebody


Sense 2bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Submit or yield to another's wish or opinion

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

accede; give in; bow; defer; submit

Context example:

The government bowed to the military pressure

Hypernyms (to "bow" is one way to...):

buckle under; give in; knuckle under; succumb; yield (consent reluctantly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to somebody


Sense 3bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He bowed before the King

Hypernyms (to "bow" is one way to...):

change posture (undergo a change in bodily posture)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bow"):

genuflect (bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image)

genuflect; kowtow; scrape (bend the knees and bow in a servile manner)

curtsey; curtsy (bend the knees in a gesture of respectful greeting)

take a bow (acknowledge applause by inclining the head, as of an artist after a performance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Also:

bow down (get into a prostrate position, as in submission)


Sense 4bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bend one's back forward from the waist on down

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

crouch; stoop; bend; bow

Context examples:

he crouched down / She bowed before the Queen / The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse

Hypernyms (to "bow" is one way to...):

bend; flex (form a curve)

"Bow" entails doing...:

change posture (undergo a change in bodily posture)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bow"):

squinch (crouch down)

cower; huddle (crouch or curl up)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5bow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Play on a string instrument

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "bow" is one way to...):

play (play on an instrument)

Domain category:

music (musical activity (singing or whistling etc.))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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