- 1 a weapon used for shooting arrows, consisting of a long, curved piece of wood with a tight string joining its ends He was armed with a bow and arrow.
- 2 a knot with two loops and two loose ends that is used for decoration on clothes, in hair, etc. or for tying shoes to tie your shoelaces in a bow Her hair was tied back in a neat bow. a dress decorated with bows and ribbons
- 3 a long, thin piece of wood with horsehair stretched along it, used for playing musical instruments such as the violin