Definition - bow

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bow
  1. yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
  2. bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
  3. play on a string instrument with a bow
  4. bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
  5. a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
  6. 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"
  7. a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands; used in playing certain stringed instruments
  8. a weapon for shooting arrows, composed of a curved piece of resilient wood with a taut cord to propel the arrow
  9. front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"

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