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Definition of bow noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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. 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. 3 a long, thin piece of wood with horsehair stretched along it, used for playing musical instruments such as the violin
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bow