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Definition 1: a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments - [noun denoting act]

(bow is a kind of ...) a single complete movement

(... is a kind of bow ) a downward stroke from the heel to the tip of the bow

(... is a kind of bow ) an upward stroke from the tip to the heel of the bow

Definition 2: a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments - [noun denoting artifact]

(bow is a kind of ...) an implement consisting of a length of wood

"he collected dry sticks for a campfire" "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"

(... is a kind of bow ) a bow used in playing the violin

Definition 3: a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow - [noun denoting artifact]

(bow is a kind of ...) any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting

"he was licensed to carry a weapon"

(... is a kind of bow ) a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)

(... is a kind of bow ) a curved bow with reversed curve ends

(... is a kind of bow ) a bow drawn by hand as distinguished from a crossbow

(... is a kind of bow ) a powerful wooden bow drawn by hand; usually 5-6 feet long; used in medieval England

(bow is a part of ...) the string of an archer's bow

(bow is a part of ...) either of the two halves of a bow from handle to tip

"the upper limb of the bow"

(... is part of bow) a weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them

Definition 4: front part of a vessel or aircraft - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where bow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) the side that is seen or that goes first

(... is part of bow) a craft designed for water transportation

Definition 5: a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object

Definition 6: a decorative interlacing of ribbons - [noun denoting artifact]

(bow is a kind of ...) something used to beautify

Definition 7: an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) an acknowledgment of appreciation

Definition 8: bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)

(bow is a kind of ...) the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

(... is a kind of bow ) the act of bending the knees in worship or reverence

(... is a kind of bow ) a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

(... is a kind of bow ) a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)

"all that bowing and scraping did not impress him"

(... is a kind of bow ) a deep bow; a Muslim form of salutation

Definition 9: something curved in shape - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

(... is a kind of bow ) an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain

Definition 10: bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head - [verb of communication]

Samples where bow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He bowed before the King
  • She bowed her head in shame

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) show, express or direct through movement

"He gestured his desire to leave"

(... is a kind of bow ) perform a ceremonious bow

Definition 11: yield to another's wish or opinion - [verb of communication]

Samples where bow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The government bowed to the military pressure

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) consent reluctantly

Definition 12: play on a stringed instrument with a bow - [verb of creation]

(bow is a kind of ...) play on an instrument

"The band played all night long"

(bow belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 13: bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting - [verb of motion]

Samples where bow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He bowed before the King

(bow is a kind of ...) undergo a change in bodily posture

(... is a kind of bow ) acknowledge applause by inclining the head, as of an artist after a performance

(... is a kind of bow ) bend the knees in a gesture of respectful greeting

(... is a kind of bow ) bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

(... is a kind of bow ) bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image

Definition 14: bend one's back forward from the waist on down - [verb of motion]

Samples where bow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he crouched down
  • She bowed before the Queen
  • The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse

Synonyms for bow in the sense of this definition

(bow is a kind of ...) form a curve

"The stick does not bend"

(... is a kind of bow ) crouch down

(... is a kind of bow ) crouch or curl up

"They huddled outside in the rain"

(bow implies ...) undergo a change in bodily posture

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