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bow1 British & World English

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

bow2 British & World English

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

bow3 British & World English

The front end of a ship

Bow, Clara British & World English

(1905–65), American actress. One of the most popular stars and sex symbols of the 1920s, she was known as the ‘It Girl’

up-bow British & World English

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

bow out British & World English

Withdraw or retire from an activity or role

bow saw British & World English

A saw with a narrow blade stretched like a bowstring on a light frame

bow tie British & World English

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

bow-wow British & World English

An imitation of a dog’s bark

bow echo British & World English

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

bow legs British & World English

Legs that curve outwards at the knee; bandy legs

bow wave British & World English

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

down-bow British & World 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 British & World English

A compass with jointed legs

bow-fronted British & World English

(Of furniture) having a convexly curved front

bow window British & World English

A curved bay window

saddle-bow British & World English

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

Cupid's bow British & World 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

take a bow British & World English

Acknowledge applause after a performance by bowing

on the bow British & World English

Within 45° of the point directly ahead

pussycat bow British & World English

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

bow and scrape British & World English

Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority

make one's bow British & World English

Make one’s first formal appearance in a particular role

bow out in bow2 British & World English

Withdraw or retire from an activity or role

Bow Street Runner British & World English

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

make one's bow in bow2 British & World English

Make one’s first formal appearance in a particular role

take a bow in bow2 British & World English

Acknowledge applause after a performance by bowing

on the bow in bow3 British & World English

Within 45° of the point directly ahead

Medicine Bow Mountains British & World English

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

bow and scrape in bow2 British & World English

Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority

have many strings to one's bow British & World English

Have a wide range of resources that one can make use of

have another string to one's bow British & World English

Have a further resource that one can make use of

bowknot British & World English

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

bowshot British & World English

The distance to which a bow can send an arrow

pussy bow in pussycat bow British & World English

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

bowhunting British & World English

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

bowstring British & World English

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

bow compasses in bow compass British & World English

A compass with jointed legs

have another string to one's bow in bow1 British & World English

Have a further resource that one can make use of

have many strings to one's bow in bow1 British & World English

Have a wide range of resources that one can make use of

Bow Street in Bow Street Runner British & World English

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

a second string to one's bow in second string British & World English

An alternative resource or course of action in case another one fails

have or add another string to one's bow in bow1 British & World English

Have a further resource that one can make use of

bow1 English Thesaurus

the officers bowed and doffed their caps


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