from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bow for sounding a violin.


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  • But one of the pleasantest of our personal remembrances, connected with diamonds, is the picking up of a fine, lustrous gem which fell from O. B.'s violin-bow, (the gift of the Duke of Devonshire,) one night, after he had been playing his magic instrument for the special delight of a few friends.

    Diamonds and Pearls

  • It is evenly and not too thickly covered with fine sand or lycopodium powder and then caused to vibrate acoustically by the repeated drawing of a violin-bow with some pressure across the edge of the plate until a steady note becomes audible.

    Man or Matter

  • Stepping into the middle of the room, he took the violin-bow out of his sword-belt, and, holding it over his head with both hands, broke it into a thousand pieces.

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  • The violin-bow was between his teeth, and his hat hung over one eye in the fashion of early dawn.

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  • Street, Snargate Street; the round fur cap -- black fur for the side, white ermine for the top -- of a portly Karaite priest on his back, whose robes had been blown to his spread knees, as if lifted and neatly folded there; a violin-bow gripped between the thick, irregular teeth of a little Spaniard with brushed-back hair and mad-looking eyes; odd shoes on the foot of a French girl, one black, one brown.

    The Purple Cloud

  • It was not utterly silent, nor was the quay-square, but haunted by a pretty dense cloud of mosquitoes, and dreamy twinges of music, like the drawing of the violin-bow in elf-land.

    The Purple Cloud

  • Sir Edward has been brought up to think more of a cricket-bat than of a violin-bow; but if he wishes at any time to buy a

    The Lost Stradivarius

  • With a slight, respectful motion of the head and violin-bow towards the orchestra, the respect of Olympian power, he draws from them the first notes of the symphony; then, leaning his head upon his instrument caressingly, as if he gratefully heard at once what he is about to unfold to the audience, he draws his bow.

    Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis

  • When a violin-bow is drawn across this tuning-fork, the room is immediately filled with a musical sound, which may be regarded as the

    Six Lectures on Light Delivered In The United States In 1872-1873


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