Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A knot with large decorative loops.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A knot that has two loops and two loose ends, either used decoratively, or to tie shoelaces.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A knot in which a portion of the string is drawn through in the form of a loop or bow, so as to be readily untied.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slip-knot made by drawing a portion of a cord, ribbon, etc., in the form of a bow through an involution, which is then tightened round the bow. The knot is simple if there is only one bow, double if there are two; it can be easily untied by drawing the bow back.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

bow +‎ knot (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The men call it a "bowknot" of river; so we name it Bowknot

    Canyons of the Colorado

  • I had refastened it in a simple bowknot, a sort of knot which on Gor, in certain contexts, as in the present context, is spoken of as a slave knot.

    Renegades Of Gor

  • _When you've had your ears pinned back in a bowknot, it's sometimes hard to remember that an intelligent people has no respect for a whipped enemy ... but does for a fairly beaten enemy.

    The Stoker and the Stars

  • She put them down on the glass-topped table, sat, and pulled the end of a bowknot MURDER BY THE BOOK 97

    Murder By The Book

  • She was too cheerful and hopeful to really care because she couldn't entwine the two initials of the only name she knew into an artistic bowknot!

    A Little Miss Nobody Or, With the Girls of Pinewood Hall

  • Today he was so absorbed that he had almost twisted the offending lock into a double bowknot and he heeded the children no more than flies.

    Chicken Little Jane

  • Courtship is a bowknot that matrimony pulls into a hard knot.

    More Toasts

  • Thereupon the second member of the team runs, unties the bowknot, returns with the string; and hands it to the third, who runs forward, and ties it in a bowknot, as did the first, and returning touches off the fourth, etc. The aisle in which each pupil has accomplished the required task first, wins the race.

    School, Church, and Home Games

  • At a signal to start each pupil with the string runs forward and ties it in a bowknot on some article placed in front of each aisle.

    School, Church, and Home Games

  • Then this bird drops twice the amount on the coffee table, strides over to the corner, picks up the lamp, and ties the iron pipe into a fancy-looking bowknot.

    Highways in Hiding

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