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Pronunciation: /ˈbaʊə
 
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noun

1A pleasant shady place under trees or climbing plants in a garden or wood.
Example sentences
  • Entering the shady bower of the trees, Jerica sped down the path, pushing all thoughts of dreams and golden eyes away as she exercised.
  • The evocation of a mythic landscape recalls elements of a child's tree house and the bower in Milton's Paradise Lost.
  • The party dashed beneath the bowers of the first trees and all of them collapsed onto the ground, breathing heavily.
1.1 literary A summer house or country cottage.
Example sentences
  • That illusion was quickly dispelled, and Bella had retreated into her own bower, leaving Elanor to grow up along separate lines.
  • Their laughter and verve has made the stale hall a vibrant bower and even the air conditioning plant is cooler.
  • Hark, what noise is that sounding in our bower of delight?

verb

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Shade or enclose (a place or person): (as adjective bowered) the bowered pathways into the tangle of vines
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  • The scenery was a pleasant diversion from Sister Blanda's conversation: a succession of tidy olive-groves and villas bowered in cypress.
  • Meanwhile, his body lay in an open coffin bowered in flowers in the Paris house.
  • One of the beauties of Sintra, though, is that you can escape the crowds, literally within a minute, by veering off on one of the bowered paths leading up the Serra.

Origin

Old English būr 'dwelling, inner room', of Germanic origin; related to German Bauer 'birdcage'.

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bower2

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Pronunciation: /ˈbaʊə
 
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(also bower anchor)

noun

Each of two anchors carried at a ship’s bow, formerly distinguished as the best bower (starboard) or small bower (port).
Example sentences
  • The small bower anchor was also used for anchoring the Victory in deep waters.
  • Then came the best bower and the small bower (so called from being carried on the bows).
  • The remaining four were bower anchors mounted on bulwarks in the bow for use.

Origin

late 15th century: from bow3 + -er1.

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