HyperDic: bow

English > 14 senses of the word bow:
NOUNartifactbow, bowknota knot with two loops and loose ends
artifactbowa slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands
artifactbow, fore, prow, stemfront part of a vessel or aircraft
artifactbowa weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
shapebow, arcsomething curved in shape
communicationbow, bowing, obeisancebending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
communicationbow, curtain callan appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
artifactbowa decorative interlacing of ribbons
actbowa stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
VERBcommunicationbow, bow downbend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
communicationbow, submit, defer, accede, give inyield to another's wish / wish or opinion
motionbowbend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
motionbow, crouch, stoop, bendbend one's back forward from the waist on down
creationbowplay on a string instrument with a bow
bow > pronunciation
Soundsbaw'; bow'
Rhymesbough
akimbo ... turbot: 25 rhymes with bow...
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 1, artifact
MeaningA knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces.
Synonymbowknot
BroaderknotAny of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
Spanishlazo
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningA slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments.
Narrowerfiddlestick, violin bowA bow used in playing the violin
BroaderstickAn implement consisting of a length of wood
Spanisharco
Catalanarquet
Verbsbowplay on a string instrument with a bow
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 3, artifact
Meaningfront part of a vessel or aircraft.
Example"he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
Synonymsfore, prow, stem
Part ofvessel, watercraftA craft designed for water transportation / transportation
BroaderfrontThe side that is seen or that goes first
Spanishfore, proa
Catalanproa
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 4, artifact
MeaningA weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow.
Part ofbow and arrowA weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them
PartsbowstringThe string of an archer's bow
limbEither of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip
NarrowerCupid's bowA curved bow with reversed curve ends
crossbowA bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)
handbowA bow drawn by hand as distinguished from a crossbow
longbowA powerful wooden bow drawn by hand
Broaderweapon, arm, weapon systemAny instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
Spanisharco
Catalanarc
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 5, shape
MeaningSomething curved in shape.
Synonymarc
NarrowerrainbowAn arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain
Broadercurve, curved shapeThe trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
Spanisharco
Catalanarc
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 6, communication
Meaningbending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting.
Synonymsbowing, obeisance
Narrowergenuflection, genuflexionThe act of bending the knees in worship or reverence
kowtow, kotowA former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
salaamA deep bow
scrape, scrapingA deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)
Broadergesture, motionThe use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals
reverenceAn act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
Spanishinclinación
Catalaninclinació
Verbsbowbend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
bowbend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
bowbend one's back forward from the waist on down
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 7, communication
MeaningAn appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience.
Synonymcurtain call
BroaderthanksAn acknowledgment of appreciation
Spanishbis
Catalanbis
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 8, artifact
MeaningA decorative interlacing of ribbons.
Broaderdecoration, ornament, ornamentationSomething used to beautify
Spanishlazo
English > bow: 14 senses > noun 9, act
MeaningA stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments.
Narrowerdown-bowA downward stroke from the heel to the tip of the bow
up-bowAn upward stroke from the tip to the heel of the bow
BroaderstrokeA single complete movement
English > bow: 14 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningbend one's knee or body, or lower one's head.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s PP; Somebody ----s to somebody
Examples
  • "He bowed before the King"
  • "She bowed her head in shame"
Synonymbow down
Entailed bycurtsy, bobmake a curtsy
Narrowercongee, congePerform a ceremonious bow
Broadergesticulate, gesture, motionshow, express or direct through movement
Spanishinclinarse, inclinar
Catalanfer una reverència, inclinar-se, inclinar
Nounsbowbending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
English > bow: 14 senses > verb 2, communication
MeaningYield to another's wish / wish or opinion.
PatternSomebody ----s to somebody
Example"The government bowed to the military pressure"
Synonymssubmit, defer, accede, give in
Broaderyield, give in, succumb, knuckle under, buckle underconsent reluctantly
Spanishacceder, deferir, someterse
Catalancedir
English > bow: 14 senses > verb 3, motion
Meaningbend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"He bowed before the King"
Narrowercurtsy, curtseyBend the knees in a gesture of respectful greeting
genuflectbend / bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image
scrape, kowtow, genuflectbend / bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
take a bowAcknowledge applause by inclining the head, as of an artist after a performance
Broaderchange postureUndergo a change in bodily posture
See alsobow downget into a prostrate position, as in submission / submission
Spanisharquearse, doblar, doblegarse, inclinarse, inclinar
Catalanarcar-se, arquejar-se, corbar-se, doblegar-se, inclinar-se
Nounsbowbending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
English > bow: 14 senses > verb 4, motion
Meaningbend one's back forward from the waist on down.
PatternSomebody ----s; Somebody ----s PP
Example "She bowed before the Queen"
Synonymscrouch, stoop, bend
Entailschange postureUndergo a change in bodily posture
Narrowerhuddle, cowercrouch or curl up
squinchcrouch down
Broaderbend, flexform a curve
Spanishagachar, inclinarse, inclinar
Catalancorbar-se, encorbar-se, inclinar-se, inclinar
Nounsbowbending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
English > bow: 14 senses > verb 5, creation
MeaningPlay on a string instrument with a bow.
PatternSomebody ----s
Categorymusicmusical activity (singing / singing / singing or whistling etc.)
BroaderplayPlay on an instrument
Nounsbowa slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands

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