Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To enclose in or as if in a bower.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lodge or rest in or as in a bower.
  • To form a bower.
  • To cover with or as with a bower; shelter with or as with foliage; form a bower for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Poetic To cover with a bower; to shelter with trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, poetic To enclose something or someone as if in a bower; shelter with foliage.
  • verb intransitive To lodge or rest in or as in a bower.
  • verb intransitive To form a bower.

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

  • verb enclose in a bower

Etymologies

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This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. Ultimately from Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer (“birdcage”), Old Norse búr (Danish bur, Swedish bur (“cage”)).

Examples

  •     Yea, thou queen of Golgi, of Idaly leaf-embower'd,

    Poems and Fragments

  •     Yea, thou queen of Golgi, of Idaly leaf-embower'd,

    Poems and Fragments

  • Vines were planted that in the course of time would cover and embower it; there was a tiny fireplace for chilly days.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • When it has paid its tribute to the royal pile, and visited its gardens and parterres, it flows down the long avenue leading to the city, tinkling in rills, gushing in fountains, and maintaining a perpetual verdure in those groves that embower and beautify the whole hill of the Alhambra.

    The Alhambra

  • When it has paid its tribute to the royal pile, and visited its gardens and parterres, it flows down the long avenue leading to the city, tinkling in rills, gushing in fountains, and maintaining a perpetual verdure in those groves that embower and beautify the whole hill of the Alhambra.

    The Alhambra

  • Now the few ancestral mansions embower themselves in an aristocratic seclusion of trees and vines that shut them in with their birds and flowers and sunshine, and the Van Ness

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 33, December, 1873

  • How lovingly and admiringly do we follow him on his way from London, taking his last view of those many sweet scenes which were thenceforward to embower in his memory all the joys of more than forty years!

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864

  • When it has paid its tribute to the royal pile, and visited its gardens and pastures, it flows down the long avenue leading to the city, trinkling in rills, gushing in fountains, and maintaining a perpetual verdure in those groves that embower and beautify the whole hill of the Alhambra.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8

  • The valleys are green, the brooks are frequent, the rivers are tortuous, the mountains are high, and luxuriant walnut-trees embower the roads.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 70, August, 1863

  • But still come the budding spring and the blooming summer to embower those quiet streets and to fill the morning hour with birds 'sweet singing.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy.

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