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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bow.
  • adj. Having a bow, e.g. a bowed instrument is played with a bow

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. bent over; -- used of back or head.
  • adj. sounded by stroking with a bow; -- of a stringed musical instrument. Contrasted with plucked.
  • adj. resembling an arch.
  • adj. same as bow-legged.
  • adj. submitting to the authority of another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bent like a bow; embowed. In heraldry also termed flected or reflected.
  • Having a convex or bulging form: as, a bowed shield.

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

  • adj. showing an excessively deferential manner
  • adj. of a stringed instrument; sounded by stroking with a bow
  • adj. have legs that curve outward at the knees
  • adj. forming or resembling an arch


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