American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A shaded, leafy recess; an arbor.
- n. A woman's private chamber in a medieval castle; a boudoir.
- n. A rustic cottage; a country retreat.
- v. To enclose in or as if in a bower; embower.
- n. Nautical An anchor carried at the bow.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dwelling or habitation; particularly, a cottage; an unpretentious residence; a rustic abode.
- n. An inner room; any room in a house except the hall or public room; hence, a bedchamber.
- n. Especially, a lady's private chamber; a boudoir.
- n. A shelter made with boughs or twining plants; an arbor; a shady recess.
- To inclose in a bower, or as in a bower; embower; inclose.
- To take shelter; lodge.
- n. One who or that which bows or bends; specifically, a muscle that bends the joints.
- n. An anchor carried at the bow of a ship. The two bower-anchors were formerly of unequal size, and were called the best and small bower respectively; but when (as generally now) of equal size, they are known as the starboard and port bowers.
- n. In falconry, a young hawk when it begins to leave the nest and to clamber on the boughs. Also called bowess, bowet.
- n. A peasant; a farmer.
- n. In euchre, one of the two highest cards, or, if the joker is used, the second or third highest. The bowers are the knave of trumps, the higher of the two, called the right bower, and the knave of the suit having the same color as the trump, called the left bower.
- n. A bow-maker; a bowyer.
- n. One who plays with a bow on a violin or other stringed instrument.
- n. A person who rents or leases the dairy stock on a farm, together with pasture and fodder for them, and makes what he can from their produce, the cultivation of the farm still remaining with the farmer or proprietor.
- n. A woman's bedroom or private apartments, especially in a medieval castle.
- n. literary A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat.
- n. A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods.
- n. ornithology A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays.
- n. A peasant; a farmer.
- n. Either of the two highest trumps in euchre.
- n. nautical A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow.
- n. obsolete, falconry A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who bows or bends.
- n. (Naut.) An anchor carried at the bow of a ship.
- n. obsolete A muscle that bends a limb, esp. the arm.
- n. One of the two highest cards in the pack commonly used in the game of euchre.
- n. Anciently, a chamber; a lodging room; esp., a lady's private apartment.
- n. A rustic cottage or abode; poetically, an attractive abode or retreat.
- n. A shelter or covered place in a garden, made with boughs of trees or vines, etc., twined together; an arbor; a shady recess.
- v. To embower; to inclose.
- v. obsolete To lodge.
- n. (Falconry), obsolete A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.
- v. enclose in a bower
- n. a framework that supports climbing plants
- From Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer ("birdcage"), Old Norse búr (Danish bur, Swedish bur ("cage")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bour, a dwelling, from Old English būr; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Technically, a bower is a depression in the earth similar to, but smaller than a valley.”
“When I say my own circle, I mean by it my three plantations, viz., my castle, my country seat, which I called my bower, and my enclosure in the woods.”
“Yet I entertained such an abhorrence of the savage wretches that I have been speaking of, and of the wretched, inhuman custom of their devouring and eating one another up, that I continued pensive and sad, and kept close within my own circle for almost two years after this: when I say my own circle, I mean by it my three plantations - viz. my castle, my country seat (which I called my bower), and my enclosure in the woods: nor did I look after this for any other use than an enclosure for my goats; for the aversion which nature gave me to these hellish wretches was such, that I was as fearful of seeing them as of seeing the devil himself.”
“Oh, no, Dorry, you mustn't be hungry till the bower is ready!" cried the little girls, alarmed, for Dorry was apt to be disconsolate if he was kept waiting for his meals.”
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“Something happened to the "bower" -- an unromantic workman mowed it down -- but by this time there was a little house there which Mrs. Clemens had built, just for the children.”
“As Sheyrena had gradually come to understand, the distinction between the bower and the harem was that the bower was a harem of one.”
“Whither they went, or how they bestowed their time that evening, the Spaniards said they did not know; but it seems they wandered about the country part of the night, and them lying down in the place which I used to call my bower, they were weary and overslept themselves.”
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“At 11 P.M. parted our warp, my uneasiness at this was not a little however the S.B. * (* Small bower, that is the port bower.) a little relieved by best bower held on at night ...”
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