Bow bearer
Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster]

I do set my bow in the cloud. --Gen. ix. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. A weapon made of a strip of wood, or other elastic material, with a cord connecting the two ends, by means of which an arrow is propelled. [1913 Webster]

3. An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string. [1913 Webster]

4. The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) An appliance consisting of an elastic rod, with a number of horse hairs stretched from end to end of it, used in playing on a stringed instrument. [1913 Webster]

6. An arcograph. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mech. & Manuf.) Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging the hair, fur, etc., used by hatters. [1913 Webster]

8. (Naut.) A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea. [1913 Webster]

9. (Saddlery) sing. or pl. Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree. [1913 Webster]

{Bow bearer} (O. Eng. Law), an under officer of the forest who looked after trespassers.

{Bow drill}, a drill worked by a bow and string.

{Bow instrument} (Mus.), any stringed instrument from which the tones are produced by the bow.

{Bow window} (Arch.) See {Bay window}.

{To draw a long bow}, to lie; to exaggerate. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bow bearer — In Old English law, a bow bearer was an under officer of the forest who looked after all manner of trespass to vert or venison, and who attached, or caused to be attached, the offenders, in the next court of attachment.The bow was a renowned… …   Wikipedia

  • bow bearer — noun Etymology: bow (III) : an underofficer of the forest in old England who looked after trespasses affecting vert and venison …   Useful english dictionary

  • bow-bearer — In old English law, an under officer of the forest, whose duty it was to oversee and true inquisition make, as well of sworn men as unsworn, in every bailiwick of the forest; and of all manner of trespasses done, either to vert or venison, and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • bow-bearer — In old English law, an under officer of the forest, whose duty it was to oversee and true inquisition make, as well of sworn men as unsworn, in every bailiwick of the forest; and of all manner of trespasses done, either to vert or venison, and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • bow-bearer — A kind of forest police with the duty of enforcing the forest laws …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bow-bearer — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bow — (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the cloud. Gen …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow drill — Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow instrument — Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow window — Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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