1. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved. "We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to their natural straightness." (Milton) "The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny." (Prescott)
2. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline. "Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion." (Bacon) "Not to bow and bias their opinions." (Fuller)
5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
Origin: OE. Bowen, bogen, bugen, AS. Bugan (generally v.i); akin to D. Buigen, OHG. Biogan, G. Biegen, beugen, Icel. Boginn bent, beygja to bend, Sw. Boja, Dan. Boie, bugne, Coth. Biugan; also to L. Fugere to flee, Gr, and Skr. Bhuj to bend. Cf. Fugitive.
6. An acrograph.
7. <mechanics> Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging the hair, fur, etc, used by hatters.
Origin: OE. Bowe, boge, AS. Boga, fr. AS. Bugan to bend; akin to D. Boog, G. Bogen, Icel. Bogi. See Bow.
(01 Mar 1998)
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