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[n] a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments
[n] a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument
[n] curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows
[n] front part of a vessel or aircraft; "he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line"
[n] a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces
[n] a decorative interlacing of ribbons
[n] an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
[n] bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame
[n] something curved in shape
[v] submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
[v] bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
[v] play on a string instrument
[v] bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
[v] bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"

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