I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English būgan; akin to Old High German biogan to bend, Sanskrit bhujati he bends Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to cease from competition or resistance ; submit, yield <
refusing to bow to the inevitable — John O'Hara
; also to suffer defeat <
bowed to the champion
2. to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence, submission, or shame 3. to incline the head or body in salutation or assent or to acknowledge applause 4. debut <
the play will bow next month
transitive verb 1. to cause to incline 2. to incline (as the head) especially in respect or submission 3. to crush with a heavy burden 4. a. to express by bowing b. to usher in or out with a bow II. noun Date: circa 1656 a bending of the head or body in respect, submission, assent, or salutation; also a show of respect or submission III. noun Etymology: Middle English bowe, from Old English boga; akin to Old English būgan Date: before 12th century 1. a. something bent into a simple curve b. rainbow 2. a weapon that is made of a strip of flexible material (as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent and that is used to propel an arrow 3. archer 4. a. a metal ring or loop forming a handle (as of a key) b. a knot formed by doubling a ribbon or string into two or more loops c. bow tie 1 d. a frame for the lenses of eyeglasses; also the sidepiece of the frame passing over the ear 5. a. a wooden rod with horsehairs stretched from end to end used in playing an instrument of the viol or violin family b. a stroke of such a bow IV. verb Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to bend into a curve 2. to play a stringed musical instrument with a bow transitive verb 1. to cause to bend into a curve 2. to play (a stringed instrument) with a bow V. noun Etymology: Middle English bowe, bowgh, probably from Middle Dutch boech bow, shoulder; akin to Old English bōg bough Date: 15th century 1. the forward part of a ship — often used in plural <
crossing the bows
2. bowman II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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