Definition of bow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊ//
    Hair products and accessories, Weapons, Musical instruments
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  1. 1 a weapon used for shooting arrows, consisting of a long curved piece of wood or metal with a tight string joining its ends He was armed with a bow and arrow. See related entries: Weapons
  2. 2a knot with two loops and two loose ends which 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 See related entries: Hair products and accessories
  3. 3a long thin piece of wood with thin string stretched along it, used for playing musical instruments such as the violin See related entries: Musical instruments
  4. Word OriginOld English boga ‘bend, bow, arch’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boog and German Bogen, also to bow1.Extra examples Can you tie a bow? She tied the ribbon into a neat bow. She drew and aimed her bow. She drew the bow across the strings.Idioms
    have another string/more strings to your bow
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    (British English) to have more than one skill or plan that you can use if you need to The exhibition shows that he has other strings to his artistic bow.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bow