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A knot with large decorative loops.


(Knots) a decorative knot usually having two loops and two loose ends; bow



1. to bend the knee or body or incline the head, as in reverence, submission, or salutation.
2. to yield; submit: to bow to the inevitable.
3. to bend or curve downward; stoop: The pines bowed low.
4. to bend or incline (the knee, body, or head) in worship, submission, respect, civility, etc.
5. to cause to submit; subdue; crush.
6. to cause to stoop or incline.
7. to express by a bow: to bow one's thanks.
8. to usher (someone) with a bow: They were bowed in by the footman.
9. to cause to bend; make curved or crooked.
10. bow out, to withdraw by choice, as from a task; retire.
11. an inclination of the head or body in salutation, assent, thanks, reverence, submission, etc.
bow and scrape, to be excessively polite or deferential.
[before 900; Middle English bowen (v.), Old English būgan; c. Dutch buigen]


1. a flexible strip of wood or other material, bent by a string stretched between its ends, for shooting arrows.
2. a bend or curve.
3. a readily loosened knot for joining the ends of a ribbon or string, having two projecting loops.
4. a loop or gathering of ribbon, paper, etc., used as a decoration.
5. a flexible rod having horsehairs stretched from end to end, used for playing a musical instrument of the viol or violin families.
6. something curved or arc-shaped.
7. an archer; bowman.
10. a U-shaped piece for placing under an animal's neck to hold a yoke.
11. curved outward at the center; bent: bow legs.
v.t., v.i.
12. to bend into the form of a bow; curve.
13. to perform with a bow on a stringed instrument.
[before 1000; Middle English bowe (n.), Old English boga]
bow′less, adj.



1. the forward end of a vessel or airship.
2. the foremost oar in rowing a boat.
3. of or pertaining to the bow of a ship.
[1620–30; < Low German boog (n.) or Dutch boeg or Dan bov; see bough]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bowknot - a knot with two loops and loose endsbowknot - a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
knot - any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
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