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bow1 US English

A knot tied with two loops and two loose ends, used especially for tying shoelaces and decorative ribbons

bow2 US English

Bend the head or upper part of the body as a sign of respect, greeting, or shame

bow3 US English

The front end of a ship

bow1 US Thesaurus

the officers bowed

bow2 US Thesaurus

the bow of the tanker

bow3 US Thesaurus

she tied a bow in her hair

Bow, Clara US English

(1905–65), US actress. One of the most popular stars and sex symbols of the 1920s, she was known as the “It Girl.” Her silent movies include It (1927) and The Wild Party (1929)

up-bow US English

(On a stringed instrument) a stroke begun with the tip of the bow and proceeding toward the base

bow out US English

Withdraw or retire from an activity, role, or commitment

bow saw US English

A narrow saw stretched like a bowstring on a light frame

bow tie US English

A necktie in the form of a bow or a knot with two loops

bow-wow US English

An imitation of a dog’s bark

bow echo US English

A bow-shaped radar signature associated with fast-moving storm systems accompanied by damaging winds

bow legs US English

Legs that curve outward at the knee; bandy legs

bow wave US English

A wave or system of waves set up at the bows of a moving ship

dicky bow US English

A bow tie

down-bow US English

(On a stringed instrument) a stroke in which the bow, from handle to tip, is slid across the strings in a motion of the hand moving away from the strings

bow compass US English

A compass with jointed legs

bow-fronted US English

(Of furniture) having a convexly curved front

bow window US English

A curved bay window

Cupid's bow US English

A shape like that of the double-curved bow often shown carried by Cupid, especially at the top edge of a person’s upper lip

saddle-bow US English

The pommel of a saddle, or a similar curved part behind the rider

take a bow US English

(Of a performer) acknowledge applause after a performance by bowing

on the bow US English

Within 45° of the point directly ahead

pussycat bow US English

A large, soft, floppy bow at the neck of a woman’s blouse

bow and scrape US English

Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority

make one's bow US English

Make one’s first formal appearance in a particular role

Bow Street Runner US English

The popular name for a London policeman during the first half of the 19th century

Medicine Bow Mountains US English

A range in the Rocky Mountains that extends the Front Range in Colorado into southern Wyoming

bow out in bow2 US English

Withdraw or retire from an activity, role, or commitment

bowknot US English

A double-looped knot in a ribbon, tie, or other fastening

bowshot US English

The distance to which a bow can send an arrow

make one's bow in bow2 US English

Make one’s first formal appearance in a particular role

take a bow in bow2 US English

(Of a performer) acknowledge applause after a performance by bowing

on the bow in bow3 US English

Within 45° of the point directly ahead

pussy bow in pussycat bow US English

A large, soft, floppy bow at the neck of a woman’s blouse

bow and scrape in bow2 US English

Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority

bowhunting US English

The practice of hunting animals with a bow rather than a gun

bowstring US English

The string of an archer’s bow, traditionally made of three strands of hemp

bow out in bow1 US Thesaurus

he bowed out of the election before he got beaten

bow compasses in bow compass US English

A compass with jointed legs

Bow Street in Bow Street Runner US English

The popular name for a London policeman during the first half of the 19th century


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