1. [ verb ] bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
Synonyms: bow_down

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

Related terms: gesticulate congee
2. [ noun ] a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
Synonyms: bowknot
Related terms: knot
3. [ verb ] submit or yield to another's wish or opinion
Synonyms: give_in submit accede defer

"The government bowed to the military pressure"

Related terms: yield deference submitter
4. [ noun ] (music) a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
Related terms: stick fiddlestick
5. [ noun ] (nautical) front part of a vessel or aircraft
Synonyms: prow stem fore

"he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

Related terms: front vessel
6. [ verb ] bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting

"He bowed before the King"

Related terms: change_posture scrape take_a_bow genuflect curtsy prostrate
7. [ noun ] (arms) curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
Related terms: weapon handbow Cupid's_bow crossbow longbow bow_and_arrow bowstring limb
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 9466
9. [ noun ] something curved in shape
Synonyms: arc
Related terms: curve rainbow arch
10. [ noun ] bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
Synonyms: obeisance bowing
Related terms: gesture kowtow curtsy scrape salaam genuflection crouch
11. [ verb ] (music,performing arts) play on a string instrument
Related terms: play music
12. [ verb ] bend one's back forward from the waist on down
Synonyms: crouch stoop bend

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

Related terms: bend huddle squinch stoop_to crouch stooper change_posture
13. [ adjective ] (nautical) pertaining to the forward part of a vessel
Related terms: fore
14. [ noun ] an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
Synonyms: curtain_call
Related terms: thanks
15. [ noun ] a decorative interlacing of ribbons
Related terms: decoration
16. [ noun ] a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
Related terms: stroke up-bow down-bow
Similar spelling:   Bowe