Definition - bow

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bow
  1. a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
  2. a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
  3. front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
  4. a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
  5. a decorative interlacing of ribbons
  6. an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
  7. bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
  8. something curved in shape
  9. yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
  10. bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
  11. play on a string instrument with a bow
  12. bend

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