- 1 the act of bending your head or the upper part of your body forward in order to say hello or goodbye to someone or to show respect She gave a slight bow of her head in greeting. The priest bowed to the altar and turned to the congregation.
- 2 (also bows [plural]) the front part of a boat or ship compare stern Idioms
something that you say or do as a warning to someone about what might happen if they do not change, etc.
a shot across the/somebody's bowsjump to other results
(of a performer) to bow to the audience as they are applauding you She came back on stage to take another bow.
take a/your bowjump to other results