An anchor carried at the bow of a ship. There are two: one
called the best bower, and the other the small bower. (To
rhyme with flower.)
“Starboard being the best bower, and port the small bower.” —Smyth: Sailor's Word-book.
(A). A lady's maid and companion. The attendants were
admitted to considerable freedom of speech, and were treated with
familiarity and kindness. (“Bower” to rhyme with flower.)
“`This maiden,' replied Eveline, `is my bower-woman, and acquainted
with my most inward thoughts. I beseech you to permit her presence at
our conference.”' —Sir W. Scott: The Betrothed, chap. xi.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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