- 1. bow, bowknot, knot
- usage: a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
- 2. bow, stick
- usage: a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
- 3. bow, fore, prow, stem, front
- usage: front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
- 4. bow, weapon, arm, weapon system
- usage: a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
- 5. bow, arc, curve, curved shape
- usage: something curved in shape
- 6. bow, bowing, obeisance, reverence, gesture, motion
- usage: bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
- 7. bow, curtain call, thanks
- usage: an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
- 8. bow, decoration, ornament, ornamentation
- usage: a decorative interlacing of ribbons
- 9. bow, stroke
- usage: a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
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- 1. bow, bow down, gesticulate, gesture, motion
- usage: bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
- 2. submit, bow, defer, accede, give in, yield, give in, succumb, knuckle under, buckle under
- usage: yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
- 3. bow, change posture
- usage: bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
- 4. crouch, stoop, bend, bow, bend, flex
- usage: 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"
- 5. bow, play
- usage: play on a string instrument with a bow
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