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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

bow1 English Thesaurus

the officers bowed and doffed their caps

bow2 English Thesaurus

the bow of the tanker swept by their stern

bow3 English Thesaurus

thread the ribbon through the hole and tie it in a bow

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

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

saddle-bow British & World English

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

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 Street Runner British & World English

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

Medicine Bow Mountains British & World English

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

bow out in bow2 British & World English

Withdraw or retire from an activity or role

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

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

pussy bow in pussycat bow British & World English

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

bow and scrape in bow2 British & World English

Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority

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 out in bow1 English Thesaurus

the player bowed out of international competition

bow compasses in bow compass British & World English

A compass with jointed legs


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