bow

bow
bow1 [bəʊ]
noun
1》 a knot tied with two loops and two loose ends.
2》 a weapon for shooting arrows, made of a curved piece of wood joined at both ends by a taut string.
3》 a partially curved rod with horsehair stretched along its length, used for playing some stringed instruments.
4》 a curved stroke forming part of a letter (e.g. b, p).
5》 a metal ring forming the handle of a key or pair of scissors.
6》 N. Amer. a side piece or lens frame of a pair of glasses.
verb play (a stringed instrument) using a bow.
Phrases
have (or add) another string to one's bow Brit. have a further resource available.
Origin
OE boga 'bend, bow, arch', of Gmc origin; related to bow2.
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bow2 [baʊ]
verb
1》 bend the head or upper body as a sign of respect, greeting, or shame.
2》 bend or cause to bend with age or under a heavy weight.
3》 submit to pressure or demands.
4》 (bow out) withdraw or retire from something.
noun an act of bowing.
Phrases
bow and scrape behave obsequiously.
make one's bow make one's first formal appearance in a particular role.
take a bow acknowledge applause by bowing.
Origin
OE būgan 'bend, stoop', of Gmc origin; related to bow1.
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bow3 [baʊ]
(also bows)
noun the front end of a ship.
Phrases
on the bow Nautical within 45° of the point directly ahead.
a shot across the bows a warning statement or gesture.
Origin
ME: from Low Ger. boog, Du. boeg, 'shoulder or ship's bow'; related to bough.

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