bow1 [bou]
[ME bouen < OE bugan, to bend < IE base * bheugh-, to bend > Ger biegen; the BOW1 n. is 17th c.]
1. Dial. to bend or stoop
2. to bend down one's head or bend one's body in respect, agreement, worship, recognition, etc.
3. to yield or submit, as to authority
4. to express assent, greeting, etc. by bowing
1. Dial. to bend
2. to bend (one's head) down in respect, prayer, shame, etc.
3. to indicate (agreement, thanks, etc.) by bowing
4. to weigh (down); overwhelm; crush [the president was bowed down by the burdens of office]
a bending down of the head or body, as in respect or greeting
bow and scrape
to be too polite and ingratiating
bow out
to leave or retire formally or ceremoniously
bow out or bow in
to usher out (or in) with a bow
take a bow
to acknowledge an introduction, applause, etc. as by bowing
bow2 [bō]
[ME boue < OE boga < PGmc * boga < base of BOW1]
1. anything curved or bent [a rainbow, oxbow]
2. a curve; bend
3. a device for shooting arrows, made of a flexible, curved strip of wood, metal, etc. with a tightly drawn cord connecting the two ends
4. an archer
a) a slender stick strung along its length with horsehairs, drawn across the strings of a violin, cello, etc. to play it
b) a stroke with such a bow
6. a bowknot or a decorative knot, as of ribbon, with two or more loops
7. either of the sidepieces of a pair of glasses extending over the ears; temple
bow-shaped; curved; bent
vt., vi.
1. to bend or curve in the shape of a bow [the wall bowed outward from the pressure]
2. Music to play (a violin, etc.) with a bow
bow3 [bou]
[ME boue < LowG or Scand: LowG būg, Du boeg, Swed bog, shoulder, shoulders of a ship, bows; akin to BOUGH]
1. [sometimes pl.] the front part of a ship, boat, or airship; prow
2. the rower nearest the bow
3. Naut. a direction at a 45° angle left or right from dead ahead [a whale sighted on the port bow]

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