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Arc vs. Bow

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Arcnoun

(astronomy) That part of a circle which a heavenly body appears to pass through as it moves above and below the horizon.

Bownoun

A weapon made of a curved piece of wood or other flexible material whose ends are connected by a string, used for shooting arrows.

Arcnoun

(geometry) A continuous part of the circumference of a circle (circular arc) or of another curve.

Bownoun

A curved bend in a rod or planar surface, or in a linear formation such as a river (see oxbow).

Arcnoun

A curve, in general.

Bownoun

A rod with horsehair (or an artificial substitute) stretched between the ends, used for playing various stringed musical instruments.

Arcnoun

A band contained within parallel curves, or something of that shape.

Bownoun

A stringed instrument (chordophone), consisting of a stick with a single taut cord stretched between the ends, most often played by plucking.

Arcnoun

(electrics) A flow of current across an insulating medium; especially a hot, luminous discharge between either two electrodes or as lightning.

Bownoun

A type of knot with two loops, used to tie together two cords such as shoelaces or apron strings, and frequently used as decoration, such as in gift-wrapping.

Arcnoun

A story arc.

Bownoun

Anything bent or curved, such as a rainbow.

Arcnoun

(mathematics) A continuous mapping from a real interval (typically [0, 1]) into a space.

Bownoun

The U-shaped piece which goes around the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.

Arcnoun

(graph theory) A directed edge.

Bownoun

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 hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.

Arcnoun

The three-point line.

Bownoun

(nautical) A crude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.

Arcverb

(ambitransitive) To move following a curved path.

Bownoun

(saddlery) Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.

Arcverb

(transitive) To shape into an arc; to hold in the form of an arc.

Bownoun

The part of a key that is not inserted into the lock and that is used to turn the key.

Arcverb

(intransitive) To form an electrical arc.

Bownoun

A gesture, usually showing respect, made by inclining the head or bending forward at the waist; a reverence

‘He made a polite bow as he entered the room.’;

Arcnoun

A portion of a curved line; as, the arc of a circle or of an ellipse.

Bownoun

(nautical) The front of a boat or ship.

Arcnoun

A curvature in the shape of a circular arc or an arch; as, the colored arc (the rainbow); the arc of Hadley's quadrant.

Bownoun

(rowing) The rower that sits in the seat closest to the bow of the boat.

Arcnoun

An arch.

‘Statues and trophies, and triumphal arcs.’;

Bowverb

To play music on (a stringed instrument) using a bow.

‘The musician bowed his violin expertly.’;

Arcnoun

The apparent arc described, above or below the horizon, by the sun or other celestial body. The diurnal arc is described during the daytime, the nocturnal arc during the night.

Bowverb

(intransitive) To become bent or curved.

‘The shelf bowed under the weight of the books.’;

Arcverb

To form a voltaic arc, as an electrical current in a broken or disconnected circuit.

Bowverb

(transitive) To make something bend or curve.

Arcnoun

electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

Bowverb

To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.

Arcnoun

a continuous portion of a circle

Bowverb

(intransitive) To premiere.

‘Cronenberg’s "Cosmopolis" bows in Cannes this week.’;

Arcnoun

something curved in shape

Bowverb

(intransitive) To bend oneself as a gesture of respect or deference.

‘That singer always bows towards her audience for some reason.’;

Arcverb

form an arch or curve;

‘her back arches’; ‘her hips curve nicely’;

Bowverb

To debut.

Bowverb

(intransitive) To defer (to something).

‘I bow to your better judgement in the matter.’;

Bowverb

(transitive) To give a direction, indication, or command to by bowing.

Bowverb

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.’; ‘The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny.’;

Bowverb

To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.

‘Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.’; ‘Not to bow and bias their opinions.’;

Bowverb

To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.

‘They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.’;

Bowverb

To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,; to crush; to subdue.

‘Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave.’;

Bowverb

To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.

Bowverb

To bend; to curve.

Bowverb

To stop.

‘They stoop, they bow down together.’;

Bowverb

To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; - often with down.

‘O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.’;

Bowverb

To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow.

‘Admired, adored by all circling crowd,For wheresoe'er she turned her face, they bowed.’;

Bowverb

To play (music) with a bow.

Bownoun

An inclination of the head, or a bending of the body, in token of reverence, respect, civility, or submission; an obeisance; as, a bow of deep humility.

Bownoun

Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.

‘I do set my bow in the cloud.’;

Bownoun

A weapon made of a strip of wood, or other elastic material, with a cord connecting the two ends, by means of which an arrow is propelled.

Bownoun

An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string.

Bownoun

The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.

Bownoun

An appliance consisting of an elastic rod, with a number of horse hairs stretched from end to end of it, used in playing on a stringed instrument.

Bownoun

An arcograph.

Bownoun

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.

Bownoun

A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.

Bownoun

Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.

Bownoun

The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.

Bownoun

One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.

Bownoun

a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

Bownoun

a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument

Bownoun

front part of a vessel or aircraft;

‘he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line’;

Bownoun

curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows

Bownoun

something curved in shape

Bownoun

bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame

Bownoun

an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience

Bownoun

a decorative interlacing of ribbons

Bownoun

a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments

Bowverb

bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head;

‘He bowed before the King’; ‘She bowed her head in shame’;

Bowverb

submit or yield to another's wish or opinion;

‘The government bowed to the military pressure’;

Bowverb

bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting;

‘He bowed before the King’;

Bowverb

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’;

Bowverb

play on a string instrument

Bownoun

a knot tied with two loops and two loose ends, used especially for tying shoelaces and decorative ribbons

‘a girl with long hair tied back in a bow’;

Bownoun

a decorative ribbon tied in a bow.

Bownoun

a weapon for shooting arrows, typically made of a curved piece of wood joined at both ends by a taut string.

Bownoun

a long, partially curved rod with horsehair stretched along its length, used for playing the violin and other stringed instruments.

Bownoun

a single passage of a bow over the strings of an instrument.

Bownoun

a curved stroke forming part of a letter (e.g. b, p).

Bownoun

a metal ring forming the handle of a key or pair of scissors.

Bownoun

a side piece or lens frame of a pair of glasses.

Bownoun

an act of bending the head or upper body as a sign of respect or greeting

‘the man gave a little bow’;

Bownoun

the front end of a ship

‘water sprayed high over her bows’;

Bowverb

play (a stringed instrument or music) using a bow

‘the techniques by which the pieces were bowed’;

Bowverb

bend the head or upper part of the body as a sign of respect, greeting, or shame

‘he turned and bowed to his father’; ‘she knelt and bowed her head’; ‘councillors stood with heads bowed’;

Bowverb

express (thanks, agreement, or other sentiments) by bending one's head respectfully

‘he looked at Hector before bowing grave thanks’;

Bowverb

bend with age or under pressure

‘the creepers were bowed down with flowers’; ‘the roof trusses bowed as the wind fought to rip the roof free’;

Bowverb

submit to pressure or demands

‘the government has bowed to pressure from farmers to increase compensation’;

Bowverb

(of a new film or product) be premiered or launched

‘the trailer bowed in theaters nationwide on December 23’; ‘the Pentium III bowed in early 1999’;

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