1. bow, bowknot, knot

usage: a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

2. bow, stick

usage: a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments

3. bow, fore, prow, stem, front

usage: front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

4. bow, weapon, arm, weapon system

usage: a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow

5. bow, arc, curve, curved shape

usage: something curved in shape

6. bow, bowing, obeisance, reverence, gesture, motion

usage: bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

7. bow, curtain call, thanks

usage: an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience

8. bow, decoration, ornament, ornamentation

usage: a decorative interlacing of ribbons

9. bow, stroke

usage: a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments


1. bow, bow down, gesticulate, gesture, motion

usage: bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"

2. submit, bow, defer, accede, give in, yield, give in, succumb, knuckle under, buckle under

usage: yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"

3. bow, change posture

usage: bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"

4. crouch, stoop, bend, bow, bend, flex

usage: bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"

5. bow, play

usage: play on a string instrument with a bow

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