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bluff-bowed

Bluff"-bowed` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Naut.) Built with the stem nearly straight up and down.
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bow and arrow

  • noun a weapon consisting of arrows and the bow to shoot them
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Bow bearer

  • (O. Eng. Law), an under officer of the forest who looked after trespassers.
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Bow chaser

  • (Naut.), a gun in the bow for firing while chasing another vessel. -
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bow down

  • verb get into a prostrate position, as in submission
    prostrate.
  • verb bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
    bow.
    • He bowed before the King
    • She bowed her head in shame
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Bow drill

  • a drill worked by a bow and string.
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bow hand

Bow" hand`
Definitions
  1. (Archery) The hand that holds the bow, i. e., the left hand.
    Surely he shoots wide on the bow hand. Spenser.
  2. (Mus.) The hand that draws the bow, i. e., the right hand.
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Bow instrument

  • (Mus.), any stringed instrument from which the tones are produced by the bow.
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bow leg

  • noun outward curvature of the legs
    bandy legs; bow leg.
  • noun a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)
    bandy leg; bowleg; tibia vara; bandyleg; genu varum; bow leg.
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bow legs

  • noun outward curvature of the legs
    bandy legs; bow leg.
  • noun a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)
    bandy leg; bowleg; tibia vara; bandyleg; genu varum; bow leg.
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bow net

Bow" net`
Definitions
  1. .
  2. A trap for lobsters, being a wickerwork cylinder with a funnel-shaped entrance at one end.
  3. A net for catching birds. J. H. Walsh.
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bow oar

Bow" oar`
Definitions
  1. .
  2. The oar used by the bowman.
  3. One who rows at the bow of a boat.
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bow out

  • verb remove oneself from an obligation
    back down; back off; pull out; chicken out.
    • He bowed out when he heard how much work was involved
  • verb retire gracefully
    withdraw.
    • He bowed out when he realized he could no longer handle the demands of the chairmanship
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Bow piece

  • a piece of ordnance carried at the bow of a ship.
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bow tie

  • noun a man's tie that ties in a bow
    bow tie; bowtie.
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Bow window

  • noun a window that sticks out from the outside wall of a house
    bay window.
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  • (Arch.) See Bay window.
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bow wood

  • noun small shrubby deciduous yellowwood tree of south central United States having spines, glossy dark green leaves and an inedible fruit that resembles an orange; its hard orange-colored wood used for bows by Native Americans; frequently planted as boundary hedge
    mock orange; Maclura pomifera; osage orange.
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bow-bells

Bow"-bells` noun plural
Definitions
  1. The bells of Bow Church in London; cockneydom.
    People born within the sound of Bow-bells are usually called cockneys. Murray's Handbook of London.
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bow-compass

Bow"-com`pass noun
Wordforms
plural Bow-compasses
Definitions
  1. An arcograph.
  2. A small pair of compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil, or a pen, for drawing circles. Its legs are often connected by a bow-shaped spring, instead of by a joint.
  3. A pair of compasses, with a bow or arched plate riveted to one of the legs, and passing through the other.
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bow-pen

Bow"-pen` noun
Definitions
  1. Bow-compasses carrying a drawing pen. See Bow-compass.
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bow-pencil

Bow"-pen`cil noun
Definitions
  1. Bow-compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil.
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bow-saw

Bow"-saw` noun
Definitions
  1. A saw with a thin or narrow blade set in a strong frame.
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bow-tie

  • noun a man's tie that ties in a bow
    bow tie; bowtie.
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bow-wow

  • noun the bark of a dog
  • noun informal terms for dogs
    doggie; pooch; doggy; barker.
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bowed down

  • adjective satellite heavily burdened with work or cares
    loaded down; weighed down; overburdened.
    • bowed down with troubles
    • found himself loaded down with responsibilities
    • overburdened social workers
    • weighed down with cares
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bowed stringed instrument

  • noun stringed instruments that are played with a bow
    string.
    • the strings played superlatively well
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cupid's bow

  • noun the double curve of the upper lip when considered to resemble Cupid's bow
  • noun a curved bow with reversed curve ends
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down-bow

  • noun a downward stroke from the heel to the tip of the bow
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Drill bow

  • a small bow used for the purpose of rapidly turning a drill around which the bowstring takes a turn.
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Fiddle bow

  • fiddlestick.
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Fore bow

  • the pommel of a saddle. Knight.
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Marine rainbow, ∨ Sea bow

  • a similar bow seen in the spray of waves at sea.
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mouth bow

  • noun a small lyre-shaped musical instrument that is placed between the teeth and played by twanging a wire tongue while changing the shape of the mouth cavity
    jews' harp; jew's harp.
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On the bow

  • (Naut.), on that part of the horizon within 45° on either side of the line ahead. Totten.
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sea bow

Sea" bow`
Definitions
  1. See Marine rainbow, under Rainbow.
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Sound bow

  • noun contact (the part of a bell) against which the clapper strikes
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  • in a series of transverse sections of a bell, that segment against which the clapper strikes, being the part which is most efficacious in producing the sound. See Illust. of Bell.
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spiccato bowing

  • noun bowing in such a way that the bow bounces lightly off the strings
    spiccato.
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take a bow

  • verb acknowledge praise or accept credit
    • They finally took a bow for what they did
  • verb acknowledge applause by inclining the head, as of an artist after a performance
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To draw a bow

  • to bend the bow by drawing the string for discharging the arrow.
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To draw a long bow

  • to lie; to exaggerate. Colloq.
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To have two strings to one's bow

  • to have a means or expedient in reserve in case the one employed fails.
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up-bow

  • noun an upward stroke from the tip to the heel of the bow
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violin bow

  • noun a bow used in playing the violin
    fiddlestick.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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