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1 bow

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

synonym: bowknot.

Roget 250: convexity, prominence, projection, swelling, gibbosity, bilge, bulge, protuberance, protrusion; camber, cahot [U.S.].    thank-ye-ma'am [U.S.].    swell.    intumescence; ... show more

Roget 417: musical instruments; band; string-band, brass-band; orchestra; orchestrina.    [Stringed instruments], monochord, polychord; harp, lyre, lute, archlute; mandola, ... show more

Roget 727: arm, arms; weapon, deadly weapon; armament, armaments, armature; panoply, stand of arms; armor etc. (defense) 717; armory ... show more

Roget 847: ornament, ornamentation, ornamental art; ornature, ornateness; adornment, decoration, embellishment; architecture; jewelry etc. 847.1. [surface coatings for wood: list] garnish, ... show more

Dutch: strik

2 bow

A slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments.

Polish: smyczek

3 bow

Front part of a vessel or aircraft:
— He pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line.

synonyms: fore, prow, stem.

Roget 234: front; fore, forepart; foreground; face, disk, disc, frontage; facade, proscenium, facia [Lat.], frontispiece; anteriority; obverse ... show more

Dutch: boeg, voorschip, voorsteven

4 bow

A weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow.

Polish: łuk

5 bow

Something curved in shape.

synonym: arc.

Roget 245: curvature, curvity, curvation; incurvature, incurvity; incurvation; bend; flexure, flexion, flection; conflexure; crook, hook, ... show more

Polish: kabłąk, pałąk

6 bow

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

synonyms: bowing, obeisance.

Roget 894: courtesy; respect etc. 928; good manners, good behavior, good breeding; manners; politeness etc. adj.; bienseance, urbanity, ... show more

Roget 308: lowering etc. v.; depression; dip etc. (concavity) 252; abasement; detrusion; reduction.    overthrow, overset, overturn; ... show more

Roget 928: respect, regard, consideration; courtesy etc. 894; attention, deference, reverence, honor, esteem, estimation, veneration, ... show more

Dutch: buiging
Polish: ukłon

7 bow

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

synonym: curtain call.

8 bow

A decorative interlacing of ribbons.

Polish: kokarda

9 bow

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

Dutch: boog


1 bow

Bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head:
— He bowed before the King.
— She bowed her head in shame.

synonym: bow down.

Roget 894: be courteous etc. adj.; show courtesy etc. n.. mind one's P's and Q's, behave oneself, be all things to all men, conciliate, speak one fair, take in good part; make the amiable, do the amiable; ... show more

Dutch: buigen

2 bow

Yield to another's wish or opinion:
— The government bowed to the military pressure.

synonyms: accede, defer, give in, submit.

Dutch: opgeven, overgeven, prijsgeven, nijgen

3 bow

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

4 bow

Bend one's back forward from the waist on down:
— She bowed before the Queen.

synonyms: bend, crouch, stoop.

Roget 245: be curved, etc. adj.; curve, sweep, sway, swag, sag; deviate etc. 279; curl, turn; reenter.    ... show more

Roget 308: depress, lower, let down, take down, let down a peg, take down a peg; cast; let drop, let fall; sink, debase, bring low, abase, reduce, ... show more

Roget 886: cringe, bow, stoop, kneel, bend the knee; fall on one's knees, prostrate oneself; worship etc. 990.    sneak, crawl, crouch, cower, ... show more

5 bow

Play on a stringed instrument with a bow.

Dutch: strijken

Moby thesaurus: A string, Amati, Cremona, D string, E string, G string, S-curve, Strad, Stradivari, Stradivarius, accost, address, angle, arc, arch, bass, bass viol, beak, bend, bend back ... show more.

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