To become bent or crooked; assume a curved form; bend; curve.To tend; turn; incline.To bend or curve downward; take a bent posture or attitude; stoop.To bend the neck under a yoke; submit or become subject; yield: as, to bow to the inevitable.To bend the body or head in worship, or in token of reverence, respect, or submission: with to or before, and sometimes emphasized by down.To make a bow; incline the body or the head toward a person by way of salutation or friendly recognition, or in acknowledgment of some courtesy.To cause to bend; make curved or crooked; cause to assume and retain a bent shape.To cause to stoop or become bent, as with old age or a burden; hence, to crush.To cause to bend in submission; cause to submit; subdue.To bend; inflect; cause to deviate from a given condition.To incline; turn in a particular direction; influence.To bend or incline in worship or adoration, or in token of submission, homage, respect, civility, condescension, or attention.To express by a bow or by bowing: as, to bow one's thanks or assent.To accompany or usher in, out, etc., with a bow or bows.n. An inclination of the head or a bending of the body in salutation, or in token of reverence, respect, civility, submission, assent, or thanks.n. A bend; a curve.n. A weapon consisting of a strong strip of elastic wood or other elastic material, with a string stretched between its ends, used for shooting arrows.n. The name of several implements shaped like a bent bow.n. An implement consisting of a piece of wood curved, and having a string extended from one extremity to the other, used by smiths in turning a drill, by turners in turning wood, and by hatters in preparing fur and wool for their use.n. Any bent or curved thing.n. The part of a yoke which embraces the animal's neck; hence, the yoke itself.n. In saddlery, one of two pieces of wood, united so as to form an arch fitting the horse's back, which serve to give the saddle its proper form.n. In firearms, the guard of the trigger. The bent guard of a sword-hilt.n. One of the bent slats which support the hood, canopy, or tilt of a covered wagon or carriage.n. The framing of the lenses of a pair of spectacles.n. In architecture: (I) An arch (of masonry), as in a gateway or bridge or in a flying buttress.n. A part of a building which projects from a straight wall, properly curved, but sometimes, more loosely, polygonal in plan. In drafting, a flexible strip which can be bent to any desired curve; an arcograph.n. An instrument formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea, consisting of a large arch of 90° graduated, a shank or staff, a side vane, a sight-vane, and a horizon-vane.n. A knot composed of one or two loops and two ends; a bow-knot; hence, a (“single bow” or “double bow”) looped ornamental knot of ribbon, etc.; a ribbon, neck-tie; etc., tied in such a knot.n. A stroke of the bow of a violin: as, the up-bow or the down-bow.n. A ring or loop of metal forming a handle.To bend into the form of a bow; inflect; curve: as, to bow a ribbon; bowed shutters.In music: To perform by means of a bow upon a stringed instrument: as, to bow a passage well.To mark (a passage) so as to indicate the proper method of bowing.In hat-making, to separate and distribute in the basket (the filaments of felting-fur) by means of a bow.To be curved or bent.To perform or play by means of the bow: as, a violinist who bows with great taste.n. . Same as bough. Compare with bowpot for boughpot.n. Nautical, the forward part or head of a ship, beginning where the sides trend inward, and terminating where they close or unite in the stem or prow. A narrow bow is called a lean bow; a broad one, a bold or bluff bow.n. The foremost oar used in rowing a boat, or the person who pulls that oar; the bow-oar.n. A Scotch form of boll.n. A herd of cattle; the stock of cattle on a farm: as, a bow of kye (that is, cows).n. The provisions of a benefice granted by the pope.n. A curved piece of metal used to make contact with an electric wire to get current for operating a car. This bow is used in place of a trolley.