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A large bow drawn by hand for shooting a long, feathered arrow
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  1. A large bow drawn by hand for shooting a long, feathered arrow
  2. A long, hand-drawn bow, such as that used in medieval England, which sometimes exceeded 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length.
  3. A large bow that has a strong tension, and is usually more than 3 feet tall. The most famous longbows in history were the English longbows, which were crafted of yew.
Alternative form of selfbow.
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A weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile.
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  1. A weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile.
  2. A weapon consisting of a bow set transversely on a wooden stock: the stock is grooved to direct a short, heavy arrow (bolt) or stone and notched to hold the bowstring, which is released by a trigger
A medieval missile launcher designed on the principle of the crossbow.
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  1. A medieval missile launcher designed on the principle of the crossbow.
  2. A medieval crossbow consisting of a steel bow set crosswise in a wooden shaft with a mechanism to bend the bow: it propelled arrows, balls, or stones
Alternative form of arbalest.
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The first or early part of a period of time.
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  1. The first or early part of a period of time.
  2. The front or anterior part of something
A large, tapered spar extending forward from the bow of a sailing vessel, to which stays for the masts are secured
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  1. A large, tapered spar extending forward from the bow of a sailing vessel, to which stays for the masts are secured
  2. (Nautical) A spar projecting over the prow of a sailing vessel to provide the means of adding sail surface.
  3. A spar, extending forward from the stem of a ship, to which the stays of the foremast are fastened.
A part like this, as the nose of an airplane
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  1. A part like this, as the nose of an airplane
  2. Alternative form of proa.
  3. A projecting forward part, such as the front end of a ski.
(Anatomy) The rounded proximal end of a long bone:
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  1. (Anatomy) The rounded proximal end of a long bone:
  2. The seat of the faculty of reason; intelligence, intellect, or mind:
  3. A portrait or representation of a person's head.
The main, often long or slender part of a plant that usually grows upward above the ground and supports other parts, such as branches and leaves. Plants have evolved a number of tissue arrangements in the stem. Seedless vascular plants (such as mosses and ferns) have primary vascular tissue in an inner core, a cylindrical ring, or individual strands scattered amid the ground tissue. In eudicots, magnoliids, and conifers, the stem develops a continuous cylindrical layer or a ring of separate bundles of vascular tissue (including secondary vascular tissue) embedded in the ground tissue. In monocots and some herbaceous eudicots, individual strands of primary vascular tissue are scattered in the ground tissue.
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  1. The main, often long or slender part of a plant that usually grows upward above the ground and supports other parts, such as branches and leaves. Plants have evolved a number of tissue arrangements in the stem. Seedless vascular plants (such as mosses and ferns) have primary vascular tissue in an inner core, a cylindrical ring, or individual strands scattered amid the ground tissue. In eudicots, magnoliids, and conifers, the stem develops a continuous cylindrical layer or a ring of separate bundles of vascular tissue (including secondary vascular tissue) embedded in the ground tissue. In monocots and some herbaceous eudicots, individual strands of primary vascular tissue are scattered in the ground tissue.
  2. The rounded rod in some locks, about which the key fits and is turned
  3. (--- Music) The vertical line extending from the head of a note.
The thing or part in front
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  1. The thing or part in front
  2. Something that is located at or toward the front.
A very short distance or narrow margin:
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  1. A very short distance or narrow margin:
  2. The part of the human face between the mouth and the eyes, having two openings and cavities behind them for breathing and smelling
  3. The part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.
A nodding, as of the head, treetops, etc.
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  1. A nodding, as of the head, treetops, etc.
  2. A sign of affirmation, assent, favorable decision, etc.
  3. A forward or up-and-down movement of the head, usually expressive of drowsiness or agreement:
Any of various knots used to tie one rope to another or to something else
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  1. Any of various knots used to tie one rope to another or to something else
  2. A bending or being bent
  3. Something bent:
A greeting in various Muslim cultures.
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  1. A greeting in various Muslim cultures.
  2. A low bow as a ceremonial act of deference.
  3. In the Near East, India, etc., a greeting or ceremonial compliment, made by bowing low with the palm of the right hand placed on the forehead
A small bow, generally performed by a woman or a girl, where she crosses one calf of her leg behind the other and briefly bends her knees and lowers her body in deference.
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  1. A small bow, generally performed by a woman or a girl, where she crosses one calf of her leg behind the other and briefly bends her knees and lowers her body in deference.
The attitude shown by this; homage; deference
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  1. The attitude shown by this; homage; deference
  2. A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage.
  3. A gesture of respect or reverence, such as a bow or curtsy
The act of kneeling and touching the forehead to the ground.
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  1. The act of kneeling and touching the forehead to the ground.
  2. The act of kneeling and touching the ground with the forehead to show great deference, submissive respect, homage, etc., as formerly in China
A quick, jerky movement of the head or body.
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  1. A quick, jerky movement of the head or body.
  2. A short hairstyle for a woman or child, with the hair of relatively even length all around
  3. A bob skate.
(--- Linguistics) A part of a phrase or sentence that is unstressed or less strongly stressed relative to surrounding words, as the words I and to in I have to go.
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  1. (--- Linguistics) A part of a phrase or sentence that is unstressed or less strongly stressed relative to surrounding words, as the words I and to in I have to go.
  2. (Gym.) The act of lowering oneself between parallel bars by bending the arms until the chin reaches the bar level, and then raising oneself by straightening the arms
  3. (Sports) A gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered by bending the elbows until the chin reaches the level of the bars and then is raised by straightening the arms.
To make a curtsey.
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  1. To make a curtsey.
To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back:
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  1. To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back:
  2. To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
  3. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
To lower or drop (something) suddenly:
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  1. To lower or drop (something) suddenly:
  2. To lower a container, the hand, etc. into liquid, a receptacle, etc., esp. in order to take something out
  3. (Aeron.) To drop suddenly before climbing
To lower and raise the head quickly, as in agreement or acknowledgment.
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  1. To lower and raise the head quickly, as in agreement or acknowledgment.
  2. To summon, guide, or send by nodding the head:
  3. To bend the head forward slightly and raise it again quickly, as a sign of greeting, command, acknowledgment, invitation, or, specif., of agreement or assent
To let fall by releasing hold of:
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  1. To let fall by releasing hold of:
  2. To write at one's leisure:
  3. To move or descend from one height or level to another:
To deviate from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.; lean; slope; slant
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  1. To deviate from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.; lean; slope; slant
  2. To bend or bow (the body or head)
  3. To dispose (someone) to have a certain preference or opinion or to take a course of action:
To cause to move up and down:
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  1. To cause to move up and down:
  2. To move or act in a bobbing manner; move suddenly or jerkily
  3. To try to catch suspended or floating fruit with the teeth
To move swiftly, especially so as to escape being seen:
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  1. To move swiftly, especially so as to escape being seen:
  2. To push (a person, for example) suddenly under water.
  3. To lower quickly, especially so as to avoid something:
To shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger, threats, or blows; cringe
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  1. To shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger, threats, or blows; cringe
  2. To crouch or huddle up, as from fear or cold
  3. To cringe in fear.
To perform a kowtow
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  1. To perform a kowtow
  2. To show servile respect (to)
  3. To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in expression of deep respect, worship, or submission, as formerly done in China.
To greet with a salaam
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  1. To greet with a salaam
  2. To make a salaam
  3. To greet with or perform a salaam.
To rest on a knee or the knees
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  1. To rest on a knee or the knees
  2. To go down or rest on one or both knees.
To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.
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  1. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.
  2. To act in a submissive or servile way
  3. To touch one bent knee to the ground and lower one's body as an act of reverence, as when one enters a church
(Idiomatic, by extension) To behave in a servile, obsequious, or excessively polite manner.
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  1. (Idiomatic, by extension) To behave in a servile, obsequious, or excessively polite manner.
  2. To make a deep bow with the right leg drawn back (thus scraping the flo), left hand pressed across the abdomen, right arm held aside.
(Nautical) To fasten:
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  1. (Nautical) To fasten:
  2. To interpret or apply (a rule) in a way calculated to gain a desired end
  3. To misrepresent; distort:
To give up or abandon:
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  1. To give up or abandon:
  2. To yield or resign (oneself) to an emotion, influence, etc.
  3. (Law) To effectuate a surrender of.
To agree or consent quietly without protest, but without enthusiasm
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  1. To agree or consent quietly without protest, but without enthusiasm
To give up all resistance; acquiesce:
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  1. To give up all resistance; acquiesce:
  2. To give up (to an enemy) on prearranged conditions; surrender conditionally
  3. To surrender under specified conditions:
The act or fact of bending.
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  1. The act or fact of bending.
  2. (Heraldry) A diagonal stripe or band on a shield from the upper left to the lower right corner (as seen by the viewer)
  3. Any of various knots used to tie one rope to another or to something else
A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
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  1. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
  2. A curve or bend; a turn:
  3. A shepherd's staff, with a hook at one end
(Geom.) The rate of deviation of a curve or curved surface from a straight line or plane surface tangent to it
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  1. (Geom.) The rate of deviation of a curve or curved surface from a straight line or plane surface tangent to it
  2. (Mathematics) The ratio of the change in the angle of a tangent that moves over a given arc to the length of the arc.
  3. (Medicine) A curving or bending, especially an abnormal one:
A curved line or similar graphic representation showing variations occurring or expected to occur in prices, business conditions, group achievements, etc.
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  1. A curved line or similar graphic representation showing variations occurring or expected to occur in prices, business conditions, group achievements, etc.
  2. A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
  3. (Baseball) A ball thrown by a right-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's left, or one thrown by a left-handed pitcher that curves to the pitcher's right
One drink for each person in a gathering or group:
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  1. One drink for each person in a gathering or group:
  2. A round dance.
  3. A complete course, succession, or series:
One of a series of such opportunities accorded people in succession or in scheduled order:
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  1. One of a series of such opportunities accorded people in succession or in scheduled order:
  2. (Golf) The midway point of a round, usually after the ninth hole
  3. A distinctive, graceful, or artistic expression or arrangement of words:
(Sports) To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
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  1. (Sports) To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
  2. To move or turn (something) at an angle:
  3. To move or bend at an angle or by means of angles
A segment of a circle.
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  1. A segment of a circle.
  2. To move in a curved course
  3. To move or seem to move in a curved path:
To cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend
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  1. To cause to take the form of an arch; curve or bend
  2. To cause to form an arch or similar curve.
  3. To bend backward:
To assume a curved, crooked, or angular form or direction:
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  1. To assume a curved, crooked, or angular form or direction:
  2. To force (an object) into a curved or crooked form, or (back) to its original form, by turning, pulling, pressing, etc.
  3. To turn or be turned from a straight line or from some direction or position
(Slang) To steal
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  1. (Slang) To steal
  2. To make a crook in; bend:
  3. To bend or curve
(Baseball) To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
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  1. (Baseball) To pitch (a ball) with a curve.
  2. A line or surface that bends in a smooth, continuous way without sharp angles.
  3. To move in or take the shape of a curve:
To become round or curved.
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  1. To become round or curved.
  2. To a specific place or person:
  3. With revolutions:
To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
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  1. To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
  2. To present in a specified direction by rotating or pivoting:
  3. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
To provide with an arch:
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  1. To provide with an arch:
  2. To bend backward:
  3. To span as an arch
To interpret or apply (a rule) in a way calculated to gain a desired end
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  1. To interpret or apply (a rule) in a way calculated to gain a desired end
  2. To misrepresent; distort:
  3. (Nautical) To fasten:
To hurry
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  1. To hurry
  2. To carry, especially on the back.
  3. To bend or round into a hump; arch.
To move forward jerkily; push; shove
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  1. To move forward jerkily; push; shove
  2. To draw (one's body, etc.) up so as to form a hump; arch into a hump
  3. To bend or draw up into a hump:
To crunch, crush, or crumple
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  1. To crunch, crush, or crumple
  2. To move with or make a crunching sound:
  3. To crumple or squeeze; hunch:
To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
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  1. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
  2. To bend (oneself, the head, or the body) forward and down.
  3. To carry the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body habitually bent forward
To become fastened with a buckle.
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  1. To become fastened with a buckle.
  2. To succumb, as to exhaustion or authority; give in:
  3. To yield reluctantly to pressure; submit; give in
To give up all resistance; acquiesce:
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  1. To give up all resistance; acquiesce:
  2. To surrender under specified conditions:
  3. To give up (to an enemy) on prearranged conditions; surrender conditionally
To allow oneself to be subjected to something:
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  1. To allow oneself to be subjected to something:
  2. To yield to the action, control, power, etc. of another or others; also, to subject or allow to be subjected to treatment, analysis, etc. of some sort
  3. To subject to a condition or process:
To die, especially from a disease or injury.
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  1. To die, especially from a disease or injury.
  2. To give way (to); yield; submit
  3. To submit to an overpowering force or yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in.
To give oneself up to another's power or control, esp. as a prisoner
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  1. To give oneself up to another's power or control, esp. as a prisoner
  2. To give up or abandon:
  3. (Law) To effectuate a surrender of.
To produce or bear
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  1. To produce or bear
  2. To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender:
  3. To give up, as in defeat; surrender or submit.
(Informal) To give in; buckle:
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  1. (Informal) To give in; buckle:
  2. To become folded.
  3. To bring from an extended to a closed position:
To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
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  1. To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
  2. To postpone the induction of (a person) into compulsory military service
  3. To give in to the wish or judgment of another, as in showing respect; yield with courtesy (to)
To allow oneself to be subjected to something:
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  1. To allow oneself to be subjected to something:
  2. To yield to the action, control, power, etc. of another or others; also, to subject or allow to be subjected to treatment, analysis, etc. of some sort
  3. To subject to a condition or process:
To produce
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  1. To produce
  2. To produce or bear
  3. To give up; surrender; submit
Alternative spelling of curtsey.
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  1. Alternative spelling of curtsey.
  2. A gesture of respect or reverence made chiefly by women by bending the knees with one foot forward and lowering the body.
The act of kneeling and touching the forehead to the ground.
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  1. The act of kneeling and touching the forehead to the ground.
  2. The act of kneeling and touching the ground with the forehead to show great deference, submissive respect, homage, etc., as formerly in China
A nodding, as of the head, treetops, etc.
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  1. A nodding, as of the head, treetops, etc.
  2. An indication of approval or assent:
  3. A forward or up-and-down movement of the head, usually expressive of drowsiness or agreement:
An attitude of deference or homage.
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  1. An attitude of deference or homage.
  2. A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage.
  3. A gesture of respect or reverence, such as a bow or curtsy
Find another word for bow. In this page you can discover 97 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for bow, like: longbow, self-bow, union bow, crossbow, single-piece bow, back bow, stone-bow, arbalest, arbalist, forepart and bowsprit.