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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.
v. bowed, bow·ing, bows
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.
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.
An inclination of the head or body, as in greeting, consent, courtesy, acknowledgment, submission, or veneration.
To remove oneself; withdraw.
bow and scrape
To behave obsequiously.
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.
a. An archer.
b. Archers considered as a group.
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.
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
1. To bend (something) into the shape of a bow.
2. Music To play (a stringed instrument) with a bow.
1. To bend into a curve or bow.
2. Music To play a stringed instrument with a bow.
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(often foll by: of) to retire or withdraw gracefully
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|Verb||1.||bow out - remove oneself from an obligation; "He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved"|
resile - pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.; "The landlord cannot resile from the lease"
|2.||bow out - retire gracefully; "He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship"|
retire - go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position; "He retired at age 68"
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