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English noun: bow

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


Synonymsbowknot


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


Synonymsarc


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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