|1.||[ verb ] bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head|
"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|
|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|
|Related terms:||curve rainbow arch|
|10.||[ noun ] bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame|
|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|
|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|
|15.||[ noun ] a decorative interlacing of ribbons|
|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|