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English noun: bow

1. bow (artifact) a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces


Broader (hypernym)knot

2. bow (artifact) a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments

Broader (hypernym)stick

Narrower (hyponym)fiddlestick, violin bow

3. bow (artifact) front part of a vessel or aircraft

SamplesHe pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line.

Synonymsfore, prow, stem

Broader (hypernym)front

Part meronymvessel, watercraft

4. bow (artifact) a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow

Broader (hypernym)arm, weapon, weapon system

Narrower (hyponym)crossbow, Cupid's bow, handbow, longbow

Part holonymbowstring, limb

Part meronymbow and arrow

5. bow (shape) something curved in shape


Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

Narrower (hyponym)rainbow

6. bow (communication) bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

Synonymsbowing, obeisance

Broader (hypernym)gesture, motion, reverence

Narrower (hyponym)genuflection, genuflexion, kotow, kowtow, salaam, scrape, scraping

7. bow (communication) an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience

Synonymscurtain call

Broader (hypernym)thanks

8. bow (artifact) a decorative interlacing of ribbons

Broader (hypernym)decoration, ornament, ornamentation

9. bow (act) a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

Broader (hypernym)stroke

Narrower (hyponym)down-bow, up-bow

English verb: bow

1. bow (communication) bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head

SamplesHe bowed before the King.
She bowed her head in shame.

Synonymsbow down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

Narrower (hyponym)conge, congee

2. bow (communication) yield to another's wish or opinion

SamplesThe government bowed to the military pressure.

Synonymsaccede, defer, give in, submit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield

3. bow (motion) bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting

SamplesHe bowed before the King.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change posture

Narrower (hyponym)curtsey, curtsy, genuflect, genuflect, kowtow, scrape, take a bow

4. bow (motion) bend one's back forward from the waist on down

SamplesHe crouched down.
She bowed before the Queen.
The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse.

Synonymsbend, crouch, stoop

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)bend, flex

Narrower (hyponym)cower, huddle, squinch

Entailchange posture

5. bow (creation) play on a string instrument with a bow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categorymusic

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