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Dictionary definition for: Bow

1. (n) a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

2. (v) bend one''s knee or body, or lower one''s head; "He bowed before the King" "She bowed her head in shame"

3. (n) a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument

4. (v) submit or yield to another''s wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"

5. (n) front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

6. (v) bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"

7. (n) curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows

8. (v) bend one''s back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down" "She bowed before the Queen" "The young man stooped to pick up the girl''s purse"

9. (n) something curved in shape

10. (v) play on a string instrument

11. (n) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame

12. (n) an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience

13. (n) a decorative interlacing of ribbons

14. (n) a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

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