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bow 1

 (bou)
n. Nautical
1. The front section of a ship or boat.
2. Either of the sides of this front section: the starboard bow.
3. The oar or the person wielding the oar closest to the bow in a racing shell.

[Middle English boue, probably of Low German origin; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.]

bow 2

 (bou)
v. bowed, bow·ing, bows
v.intr.
1. To bend or curve downward; stoop.
2. To incline the body or head or bend the knee in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
3. To yield in defeat or out of courtesy; submit. See Synonyms at yield.
v.tr.
1. To bend (the head, knee, or body) to express greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
2. To convey (greeting, for example) by bending the body.
3. To escort deferentially: bowed us into the restaurant.
4. To cause to acquiesce; submit.
5. To overburden: Grief bowed them down.
n.
An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
Phrasal Verb:
bow out
To remove oneself; withdraw.
Idiom:
bow and scrape
To behave obsequiously.

[Middle English bowen, from Old English būgan; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.]

bow 3

 (bō)
n.
1. A bent, curved, or arched object.
2. A weapon consisting of a curved, flexible strip of material, especially wood, strung taut from end to end and used to launch arrows.
3.
a. An archer.
b. Archers considered as a group.
4.
a. Music A rod having horsehair drawn tightly between its two raised ends, used in playing instruments of the violin and viol families.
b. A stroke made by this rod.
5. A knot usually having two loops and two ends; a bowknot.
6.
a. A frame for the lenses of a pair of eyeglasses.
b. The part of such a frame passing over the ear.
7. A rainbow.
8. An oxbow.
v. bowed, bow·ing, bows
v.tr.
1. To bend (something) into the shape of a bow.
2. Music To play (a stringed instrument) with a bow.
v.intr.
1. To bend into a curve or bow.
2. Music To play a stringed instrument with a bow.

[Middle English bowe, from Old English boga; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.]

bowed

(baʊd)
adj
1. lowered; bent forward; curved: bowed head; bowed back.
2. bowed down (foll by: by or with) weighed down; troubled: bowed down by grief.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bowed - of a stringed instrument; sounded by stroking with a bow
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
plucked - of a stringed instrument; sounded with the fingers or a plectrum
2.bowed - forming or resembling an archbowed - forming or resembling an arch; "an arched ceiling"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
curved, curving - having or marked by a curve or smoothly rounded bend; "the curved tusks of a walrus"; "his curved lips suggested a smile but his eyes were hard"
3.bowed - have legs that curve outward at the kneesbowed - have legs that curve outward at the knees
unfit - not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; "fat and very unfit"; "certified as unfit for army service"; "drunk and unfit for service"
4.bowed - showing an excessively deferential manner
submissive - inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination; "submissive servants"; "a submissive reply"; "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"

bowed

adjective bent, lowered, angled, curved, arched, inclined, crooked, hunched, stooped, procumbent He walked aimlessly, head down and shoulders bowed.
erect, upright, straight-backed

bowed

adjective
Deviating from a straight line:
Translations
ohnutýskloněný
tynget
meghajolt
svignaîur, boginn
ohnutý
eğilmişeğri

bowed

3 [ˈbəʊd] adj (= curved) [legs] → arqué(e)

bowed

4 [ˈbaʊd] adj (= bent forward) → courbé(e)

bowed

1
adj legskrumm

bowed

2
adj persongebeugt; shouldershängend

bow1

(bau) verb
1. to bend (the head and often also the upper part of the body) forwards in greeting a person etc. He bowed to the ladies; They bowed their heads in prayer.
2. (with to) to accept. I bow to your superior knowledge.
noun
a bowing movement. He made a bow to the ladies.
bowed adjective
(often with down) bent downwards, eg by the weight of something. The trees were bowed down with fruit.

bowed

adj (curved) encorvado, arqueado
References in classic literature ?
No sooner had the guest paid the usual stale compliments and bowed himself out, than Jenny, under pretense of asking an important question, informed Mr.
Jesse Bentley went along under the trees with his head bowed and with his mind in a ferment.
As the party was about to leave the table, they were approached by a tall, dignified Spaniard who bowed low, rather exaggeratedly low, Ned thought, and addressed them in fairly good English.
We sat and watched the long bowed back under the blue sheet, scarcely daring to breathe.
She had eaten well; she had tasted the good, rich wines, and they must have turned her head, for she bowed pleasantly to all as she withdrew from table.
No sooner were these females seated, than their attendant sprang lightly into the saddle of the war-horse, when the whole three bowed to Webb, who in courtesy, awaited their parting on the threshold of his cabin and turning their horses' heads, they proceeded at a slow amble, followed by their train, toward the northern entrance of the encampment.