v. i.
1) to bend the knee or body or incline the head, as in reverence, submission, or salutation
2) to yield; submit:
to bow to the inevitable[/ex]
3) to bend or curve downward; stoop:
The pines bowed low[/ex]
4) to bend or incline (the knee, body, or head) in worship, submission, respect, civility, etc
5) to cause to submit; subdue; crush
6) to cause to stoop or incline
7) to express by a bow:
to bow one's thanks[/ex]
8) to usher (someone) with a bow:
They were bowed in by the footman[/ex]
9) to cause to bend; make curved or crooked
10) phv bow out, to withdraw by choice, as from a task; retire
11) an inclination of the head or body in salutation, assent, thanks, reverence, submission, etc
Etymology: bef. 900; ME bowen (v.), OE būgan; c. D buigen II
[[t]boʊ[/t]] n.
1) a flexible strip of wood or other material, bent by a string stretched between its ends, for shooting arrows
2) spo a bend or curve
3) navig. tex a readily loosened knot for joining the ends of a ribbon or string, having two projecting loops
4) a loop or gathering of ribbon, paper, etc., used as a decoration
5) mad a flexible rod having horsehairs stretched from end to end, used for playing a musical instrument of the viol or violin families
6) something curved or arc-shaped
7) an archer; bowman
8) oph
temple II, 2)
10) a U-shaped piece for placing under an animal's neck to hold a yoke
11) curved outward at the center; bent:
bow legs[/ex]
12) to bend into the form of a bow; curve
13) mad to perform with a bow on a stringed instrument
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME bowe (n.), OE boga bow′less, adj. III
[[t]baʊ[/t]] n.
1) aer.
naut. navig. the forward end of a vessel or airship
2) navig. the foremost oar in rowing a boat
3) naut. navig. of or pertaining to the bow of a ship
Etymology: 1620–30; < LG boog (n.) or D boeg or Dan bov; see bough

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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