the forward end of a vessel or airship.
either side of this forward end, especially with reference to the direction of a distant object:
a mooring two points off the port bow.
bows, Nautical. the exterior of the forward end of a vessel, especially one in which the hull slopes back on both sides of the stem.
the foremost oar in rowing a boat.
Also called bowman, bow oar. the person who pulls that oar.
of or relating to the bow of a ship.
bows on, (of a ship) with the bow foremost:
The vessel approached us bows on.
bows under, (of a ship) shipping water at the bow:
The ship was bows under during most of the storm.
on the bow, Nautical. within 45° to the heading of the vessel.
The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
to lower (one’s head) or bend (one’s knee or body) as a sign of respect, greeting, assent, or shame
to bend or cause to bend; incline downwards
(intransitive; usually foll by to or before) to comply or accept: bow to the inevitable
(transitive; foll by in, out, to etc) to usher (someone) into or out of a place with bows and deference: the manager bowed us to our car
(transitive; usually foll by down) to bring (a person, nation, etc) to a state of submission
bow and scrape, to behave in an excessively deferential or obsequious way
a lowering or inclination of the head or body as a mark of respect, greeting, or assent
take a bow, to acknowledge or receive applause or praise
a weapon for shooting arrows, consisting of an arch of flexible wood, plastic, metal, etc bent by a string (bowstring) fastened at each end See also crossbow
a long slightly curved stick across which are stretched strands of horsehair, used for playing the strings of a violin, viola, cello, or related instrument
a stroke with such a stick
a decorative interlacing of ribbon or other fabrics, usually having two loops and two loose ends
the knot forming such an interlacing; bowknot
something that is curved, bent, or arched
(in combination): rainbow, oxbow, saddlebow
a person who uses a bow and arrow; archer
a frame of a pair of spectacles
a sidepiece of the frame of a pair of spectacles that curls round behind the ear
a metal ring forming the handle of a pair of scissors or of a large old-fashioned key
(architect) part of a building curved in the form of a bow See also bow window
to form or cause to form a curve or curves
to make strokes of a bow across (violin strings)
(often pl) the forward end or part of a vessel
(as modifier): the bow mooring line
(rowing) short for bowman2
(nautical) on the port bow, within 45 degrees to the port of straight ahead
(nautical) on the starboard bow, within 45 degrees to the starboard of straight ahead
(informal) a shot across someone’s bows, a warning
Clara, known as the It Girl. 1905–65, US film actress, noted for her vivacity and sex appeal
bag of waters (the amniotic sac in pregnancy)
bow and scrape
noun a saw with a thin blade in a bow-shaped frame
bouse1 . bouse2 . to haul with tackle. liquor or drink. a drinking bout; carouse. to drink, especially to excess. Historical Examples The Pirate of the Mediterranean W.H.G. Kingston The Pirate of the Mediterranean W.H.G. Kingston T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett The Pirate of the Mediterranean W.H.G. Kingston The Pirate of the Mediterranean W.H.G. Kingston […]
a gasoline pump at a filling station. Contemporary Examples There’ are Gray Shadows in Tuesday’s DC Primary Eleanor Clift March 30, 2014 There’ are Gray Shadows in Tuesday’s DC Primary Eleanor Clift March 30, 2014 Erbie Bowser: A ‘Gentle Giant’ Who Snapped Christine Pelisek August 8, 2013 Erbie Bowser: A ‘Gentle Giant’ Who Snapped Christine […]