• Nobody must carry a cross-bow
    Nobody must carry a cross-bow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bowing showing an excessively deferential manner
    • n bowing managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument "the violinist's bowing was excellent"
    • n bowing bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Prince bows over his offering to the lion The Prince bows over his offering to the lion
The youth bows before the sultan, as birds fly around him The youth bows before the sultan, as birds fly around him
Flying Squirrel and Lightning Bow Flying Squirrel and Lightning Bow
bows and arrows bows and arrows
I see him bow and smile I see him bow and smile

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The cross bow was invented by the Chinese and records of its usage goes back to as far as the Three Kingdom Period (220 a.d.-280 a.d.).
    • Bowing In hatmaking, the act or process of separating and distributing the fur or hair by means of a bow, to prepare it for felting.
    • Bowing The act or art of managing the bow in playing on stringed instruments. "Bowing constitutes a principal part of the art of the violinist, the violist, etc."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The range of a medieval long-bow is 220 yards
    • n bowing The operation of separating and arranging as desired the filaments of some fibrous material, as hatters' fur or (in Eastern countries) cotton, by vibrating a bow-string upon it. In hat-making, as practised on a small scale, the felting of the fur or wool is partly accomplished by bowing.
    • n bowing In music: The general method of using the bow in playing upon an instrument of the violin family. It includes the method of holding the bow, the direction in which it is moved, the pressure put upon it, the part of the hair that is employed, the place upon the strings where it is applied, and every other detail in the management of the bow which influences the quality and loudness of the tone produced.
    • n bowing The method by which the notes of a given passage are distributed between up- and down-strokes of the bow. To secure an intended effect, or general uniformity among many players, the bowing of a passage is indicated by various marks; or indicates a stroke beginning with the nut, that is, down; while or indicates a stroke beginning with the point, that is, up.
    • n bowing A lease of the dairy stock on a farm. See bower.
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  • Phaedrus
    “You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.”
  • Samuel Ullman
    Samuel Ullman
    “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.”
  • John Keats
    “I always made an awkward bow.”
  • Edwin Markham
    “Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Bow, stubborn knees!”


Draw a long bow - If someone draws a long bow, they lie or exaggerate.
More than one string to their bow - A person who has more than one string to their bow has different talents or skills to fall back on.
Shot across the bow - A shot across the bow is a warning to tell someone to stop doing something or face very serious consequences.


In literature:

When they get up to go away, the same bobbing and bowing goes on for some time.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Well said Mr Salteena peevishly I dont know if I shall like it the bow of the ribbon is too flighty for my age.
"The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" by Daisy Ashford
We went forward, however, keeping our eyes over the starboard bow, where we expected every instant to see it.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
He continued making bows and arrows without number, but he had no heads for his arrows.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Again the hunter bent his bow, and another animal lay dying on the plain.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
While the men were thus engaged philosophising in the bow, Bladud and the captain were chatting in subdued voices in the stern.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
Tracings of a bow among the sculpture of the ancients have been sought for in vain: no piece is known upon which a bow is distinguishable.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Scipio, the old, old one, who could remember the Lafayette ball, held his bow awfully poised.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Pauppukkeewis drew his bow and sent an arrow through the bird's body.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
Six times had Flying Squirrel and Lightning Bow seen the Berry Moon hang her horn in the night sky.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
Giovanni bowed gravely and made off with his boots.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
It is well to return a bow which is directed to you, even if you do not know the one bowing.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
She sat on the bow deck of her boat, looking at the place where the pale, greenish Ohio waters mingled with the tawny Missouri flood.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
Rifle, knife, bow, tomahawk?
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Nowadays, the usual recognition of an introduction is by a formal bow.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Was she to have no bow?
"Camilla: A Tale of a Violin" by Charles Barnard
Those who bow first to the citizens are in debt; those who bow first to us are at law!
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
He smiled eagerly, responsively, to Carter's bow, bobbing his head like a gleeful sparrow.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
Mr. Byrd bowed, and with a glance toward the District Attorney, who returned him a nod of approval, went quickly out with the coroner.
"Hand and Ring" by Anna Katharine Green
Others set up plumed Gessler bonnets, to which we were in no mood to bow.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone

In poetry:

When you come to London Town,
Bow your head and mourn your own,
With the others grieving.
"London Stone" by Rudyard Kipling
Stell then stod the prowde potter,
Thos than seyde he;
"And y had a bow, be the rode,
On schot scholde yow se."
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
Lord, at thy feet I bow,
My thoughts no more repine;
I call my God my portion now,
And all my powers are thine.
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
"Ye bow to ghastly symbols,
To cross and scourge and thorn;
Ye seek his Syrian manger
Who in the heart is born.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Together now behold them bow;
Their burden'd souls unload
In cries that never rise in vain
Unto the living God.
"The Hartley Calamity" by Joseph Skipsey
Low before the sacred altar
At the crucifix she bowed,
And, with fervent supplication
To the Holy Mother, vowed
"The Legend Of The Iron Cross" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

When November rolls around, Mr Obama will have the opportunity to step to center stage and take one final bow .
Bowing Out of Presidential Campaign Puts Debt Burden on Santorum.
Bowing to pressure, Porsche joins Hyundai in ending business with Iran.
"The law, the will of the majority expressed in orderly, constitutional methods, is the only king to which we bow .".
Rick Perry is getting pressure from conservative leaders to bow out of the presidential race before South Carolina's primary election Saturday.
Romney Heads South, Rivals Not Bowing Out.
During this week's nuclear summit in Washington, he bowed when greeting Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The president can bow all he wants.
Mr Obama has come under intense criticism for bowing to leaders in the past - the king of Saudi Arabia, the emperor of Japan.
Well-known name in business community bowing out Video.
Mike Huckabee tells Katie Couric that he was offended by the image of President Barack Obama bowing to Japan's emperor.
Bowing out at Joe Bar.
Bowing to Nation's Mood, Retailer Cancels Issue of Racy Catalog.
Washington, DC (WIBX) – According to CNN and multiple other news outlets, another Republican candidate is planning to bow out of the race for the White House.
Several hours after the final bows for David Mamet's tense, hour-long 1994 drama, my stomach is beginning to unclench.

In science:

The bow consists of a stick with many many hairs stretched between its ends.
Music in Terms of Science
The violin produces louder notes with greater bow speed or more weight on the string.
Music in Terms of Science
The point where the bow intersects the string also influences timbre.
Music in Terms of Science
ISM produces a bow shock, which can be seen in Hα or the radio continuum.
Supernova Remnants, Pulsars and the Interstellar Medium - Summary of a Workshop Held at U Sydney, March 1999
The survey to date has turned up one bow shock in 5 pulsars examined – the Speedboat Nebula associated with PSR 0906-49.
Supernova Remnants, Pulsars and the Interstellar Medium - Summary of a Workshop Held at U Sydney, March 1999
This wind impacts on the orbiting compact star forming a bow-shaped shock front around it.
Numerical hydrodynamics in general relativity
Although there is evidence for a stand-off bow shock in the wind from θ1 C Ori in some cases (McCollough et al. 1995), the wind does not play a role in driving mass loss from the disks.
Young Circumstellar Disks Near Evolved Massive Stars and Supernovae
If the radiatively driven flows are comparable in the two cases, the wind bow shock is then 10 times closer to the disk in the Wolf-Rayet case, at a radius of ∼ 1015 cm, which places it at about the same radius as the photoionization front for nebulae like those in Orion (McCollough et al. 1995).
Young Circumstellar Disks Near Evolved Massive Stars and Supernovae
Wilkin has developed a detailed treatment of bow-shocks produced by anisotropic winds, as are likely to be produced by pulsars.
Plerions and pulsar-powered nebulae
This radio source is polarized, has a flat spectral index, and has a possible bow-shock morphology.
Plerions and pulsar-powered nebulae
Optical: The morphology of an optical bow-shock around a pulsar contains a great deal of information about a pulsar’s interaction with the ISM.
Plerions and pulsar-powered nebulae
The velocity component marked ‘bow-shock’ in Fig. 3 is coincident with the similarly spatially extended feature in the pv array in Fig. 2 that must originate in the arc of emission (see Fig. 4) towards θ1Ori C.
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins
It is reasonable to assume that this arc delineates the bow-shock as the particle wind of θ1Ori C encounters the obstruction of LV 5 and its photo-evaporating gas.
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins
LV 5’s possible jet is indicated along with the bow-shock due to the interaction of the proplyd flow and the wind of θ1Ori C.
Two jets from the Orion (M42) `proplyds' - kinematics, morphologies and origins
It also produces an X-ray jet and an equatorial wind which powers a compact, bow-shock like PWN.
Unidentified EGRET sources in the Galaxy