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English

Etymology 1

From Old English boga, from Proto-Germanic *bugan-. Cognate with Dutch boog, German Bogen, Swedish båge.

Pronunciation

Homophones: beau

Noun

a bow (1)

Singular
bow

Plural
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  1. A weapon made of a curved piece of wood or other flexible material whose ends are connected by a string, used for shooting arrows.
  2. A bow-shaped bend in a rod or planar surface, or in a linear formation such as a river (see oxbow).
  3. A rod with horsehair (or an artificial substitute) stretched between the ends, used for playing various stringed musical instruments.
  4. A musical bow.
  5. A type of knot with two loops, used to tie together two cords such as shoelaces or apron strings, and frequently used as decoration, such as in gift-wrapping.
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Verb

Infinitive
to bow

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
-

to bow (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To play music on (a stringed instrument) using a bow.
    The musician bowed his violin expertly.
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Etymology 2

From Old English būgan, from Proto-Germanic *beugan. Cognate with Dutch buigen, German biegen.

Pronunciation

Homophones: bough

Noun

Singular
bow

Plural
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  1. A gesture, usually showing respect, made by bending forward at the waist.
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Verb

Infinitive
to bow

Third person singular
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Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to bow (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To become bent or curved.
    The shelf bowed under the weight of the books.
  2. (intransitive) To bend oneself as a gesture of respect or deference.
  3. (transitive) To make something bend or curve.
  4. (transitive and Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To debut.
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Etymology 3

Low German

Pronunciation

Homophones: bough

Noun

The bow of a ship.

Singular
bow

Plural
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  1. (nautical) The front of a boat or ship.
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