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- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of bowse.
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*lindykat puts pawses togedder and bowses hed to ask CC to fix stoopy WP*
And the const. able of Fraunce, to please the knyghtes and squyers of Bretayne, he desyred them all the nexte daye to dyne with hyni; some dyd soo, and some departed to theyr owne bowses to take leue of theyr wyues and parentes, for the constable was purposed as soone as he departed ihens strayght to goo vnto his Vol. II.
When a fellow makes a bow, why he only comes up a little aft, and bowses on the fore-stay, and now and then you falls in with a chap that is stayed altogether too far for'ard, or who's got a list perhaps from having the shrouds set up too taut to port or to starboard. "
Captain Drinkwater bowses up his lights to the gaff-end, and I can see him always ten minutes sooner than any other ship in the fleet, under the same circumstances. "