bow · noun C /bəʊ/Full view
bow (KNOT)
B2 a knot with two curved parts and two loose ends, that is used to tie shoes or as decoration
Dictionary example:

The present was wrapped in gold paper and tied with a big red bow.

Learner example:

He saw a big black bow [o]n the handle of the door. (First Certificate in English; B2; Greek)

bow (WEAPON)
B2 a piece of curved wood with string fixed to both ends, used for shooting arrows
Dictionary example:

a bow and arrows

Learner example:

The bow was very beautiful and there were some letters on [it]: Artemis. He could not believe it, he had the bow of Artemis. (First Certificate in English; B2; Chinese)

bow (MUSIC)
C2 a long, thin piece of wood with hair stretched between the ends, used to play some musical instruments
Dictionary example:

a violin bow

Learner example:

The feeling was, moreover, enhanced by his unique style, as for instance [with] the guitar solo on "Dazed and confused", played with a violin bow. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; French)

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