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Definition of bow noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a 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. 2a 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. 3a 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