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

  • adj. Bent or curved like a bow.
  • adj. Architecture Having an arch or arches.
  • adj. Architecture Protruding in an outward curve so as to form a recess within.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of embow.


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  • At the other end, though partly muffled by a curtain, it was more powerfully illuminated by one of those embowed hall windows which we read of in old books, and which was provided with a deep and cushion seat.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • It was a wooden figurehead carved in the shape of an embowed, cheerfully grinning dolphin—worn, wormholed, its paint flaking with age; the original figurehead of the schooner Enterprise, that Stephen Decatur sailed against the Barbary pirates at Tripoli, four hundred years before.


  • Or, if this may not be, because our Alma Mater is still too poor or too humble to offer to her returning children such banqueting-place, -- if there is no Wykcham or Waynflete or Wolsey to arch for us the high-embowed roof, let us place our memorial in the Library, along its shaded alcoves and above its broad portals.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863

  • The inn was formerly the private mansion of the Courtenay family, and its sign was one of the family crests, "a Dolphin embowed" or bent like a bow.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • Crest: An armed arm, embowed, holding a lance, erect.

    Notes and Queries, Number 47, September 21, 1850

  • In the midst of this garden was a piller of antique worke, all gold set with pearles and stones, and on the top of the piller, which was six square, was a lover, or an arch embowed, crowned with gold; within which stood a bush of roses red and white, all of silk and gold, and a bush of pomegranats of the like stuffe.

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • The crest they use is also nearly the same, viz., an armed arm, embowed, grasping a broken tilting spear.

    Notes and Queries, Number 51, October 19, 1850

  • The pathetic and moral Euripides has the solemnity of a Gothic temple, whose storied windows admit a dim religious light, enough to show its high embowed roof, and the monuments of the dead which rise in every part, impressing our minds with pity and terror as emblems of the uncertain and short duration of human greatness, and with an awful sense of our own mortality.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • Crest, a dexter arm embowed; habited in mail, holding in the hand all ppr. a spiked club or.

    Virginia and Virginians

  • The passages, the roofs of the galleries from place to place and from chamber to chamber, were ceiled and covered with white silk, fluted and embowed with silken hanging of divers colors and braided cloths, "which showed like bullions of fine burnished gold."

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 09


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