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Noun bow has 9 senses
  1. bow, bowknot - a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
    --1 is a kind of knot
  2. bow - a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
    --2 is a kind of
    --2 has particulars: fiddlestick, violin bow
    Derived form: verb bow5
  3. bow, fore, prow, stem - front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
    --3 is a kind of front
    --3 is a part of vessel, watercraft
  4. bow - curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
    --4 is a kind of
    weapon, arm, weapon system
    --4 is a part of bow and arrow
    --4 has part: bowstring; limb
    --4 has particulars: crossbow; Cupid's bow; handbow; longbow
  5. bow, arc - something curved in shape
    --5 is a kind of curve, curved shape
    --5 has particulars: rainbow
  6. bow, bowing, obeisance - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
    --6 is a kind of gesture, motion
    --6 has particulars:
     curtsy, curtsey; genuflection, genuflexion; kowtow, kotow; scrape, scraping; salaam
    Derived forms: verb bow4, verb bow3, verb bow1
  7. bow, curtain call - an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
    --7 is a kind of thanks
  8. bow - a decorative interlacing of ribbons
    --8 is a kind of
    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
  9. bow - a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
    --9 is a kind of
    --9 has particulars: down-bow; up-bow
Verb bow has 5 senses
  1. bow, bow down - bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
    --1 is one way to gesticulate, gesture, motion
    Derived form: noun bow6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s PP
    Somebody ----s to somebody
  2. submit, bow, defer, accede, give in - submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
    --2 is one way to yield, give in, succumb, knuckle under, buckle under
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s to somebody
  3. bow - bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
    --3 is one way to
    change posture
    Derived form: noun bow6
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  4. crouch, stoop, bend, bow - bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
    --4 is one way to bend, flex
    Derived form: noun bow6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  5. bow - play on a string instrument
    --5 is one way to
    Derived form: noun bow2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
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