any of several types of compasses having the legs joined by a bow-shaped piece.
a compass for drawing, in which the legs are joined by a flexible metal bow-shaped spring rather than a hinge, the angle being adjusted by a screw Also called bow-spring compass
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a bow compass, each leg of which terminates in a needle, used to transfer measurements from one area of a drawing to another.
a fender or pad used to protect the bows of a vessel from ice.