(n.) An inclination of the head, or a bending of the body, in token of reverence, respect, civility, or submission; an obeisance; as, a bow of deep humility.
(n.) The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.
(n.) One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.
(sing. or pl.) Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.
(v. i.) To bend; to curve.
(v. i.) To stop.
(v. i.) To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; -- often with down.
(v. i.) To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow.
(v. i.) To play (music) with a bow.
(v. i.) To manage the bow.
(v. t.) To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved.
(v. t.) To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
(v. t.) To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
(v. t.) To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;/ to crush; to subdue.
(v. t.) To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
(v. t.) Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.
(v. t.) A weapon made of a strip of wood, or other elastic material, with a cord connecting the two ends, by means of which an arrow is propelled.
(v. t.) An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string.
(v. t.) The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.
(v. t.) An appliance consisting of an elastic rod, with a number of horse hairs stretched from end to end of it, used in playing on a stringed instrument.
(v. t.) An arcograph.
(v. t.) Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging the hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.
(v. t.) A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.
(n.) In general, a rule of being or of conduct, established by an authority able to enforce its will; a controlling regulation; the mode or order according to which an agent or a power acts.
(n.) In morals: The will of God as the rule for the disposition and conduct of all responsible beings toward him and toward each other; a rule of living, conformable to righteousness; the rule of action as obligatory on the conscience or moral nature.
(n.) The Jewish or Mosaic code, and that part of Scripture where it is written, in distinction from the gospel; hence, also, the Old Testament.
(n.) An organic rule, as a constitution or charter, establishing and defining the conditions of the existence of a state or other organized community.
(n.) Any edict, decree, order, ordinance, statute, resolution, judicial, decision, usage, etc., or recognized, and enforced, by the controlling authority.
(n.) In philosophy and physics: A rule of being, operation, or change, so certain and constant that it is conceived of as imposed by the will of God or by some controlling authority; as, the law of gravitation; the laws of motion; the law heredity; the laws of thought; the laws of cause and effect; law of self-preservation.
(n.) In matematics: The rule according to which anything, as the change of value of a variable, or the value of the terms of a series, proceeds; mode or order of sequence.
(n.) In arts, works, games, etc.: The rules of construction, or of procedure, conforming to the conditions of success; a principle, maxim; or usage; as, the laws of poetry, of architecture, of courtesy, or of whist.
(n.) Collectively, the whole body of rules relating to one subject, or emanating from one source; -- including usually the writings pertaining to them, and judicial proceedings under them; as, divine law; English law; Roman law; the law of real property; insurance law.
(n.) Legal science; jurisprudence; the principles of equity; applied justice.
(n.) Trial by the laws of the land; judicial remedy; litigation; as, to go law.
(adv.) In a low position or manner; not aloft; not on high; near the ground.
(adv.) Under the usual price; at a moderate price; cheaply; as, he sold his wheat low.
(adv.) In a low mean condition; humbly; meanly.
(adv.) In time approaching our own.
(adv.) With a low voice or sound; not loudly; gently; as, to speak low.
(adv.) With a low musical pitch or tone.
(adv.) In subjection, poverty, or disgrace; as, to be brought low by oppression, by want, or by vice.
(adv.) In a path near the equator, so that the declination is small, or near the horizon, so that the altitude is small; -- said of the heavenly bodies with reference to the diurnal revolution; as, the moon runs low, that is, is comparatively near the horizon when on or near the meridian.
(n.) The calling sound ordinarily made by cows and other bovine animals.
(n.) A hill; a mound; a grave.
(n.) Fire; a flame; a light.
(n.) The lowest trump, usually the deuce; the lowest trump dealt or drawn.
(superl.) Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as, low ground; a low flight.
(superl.) Not rising to the usual height; as, a man of low stature; a low fence.
(superl.) Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in winter, and six in summer.
(superl.) Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.
(superl.) Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of corn; low wages.
(superl.) Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.
(superl.) Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low pitch; a low note.
(superl.) Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of the tongue in relation to the palate; as, / (/m), / (all). See Guide to Pronunciation, // 5, 10, 11.
(superl.) Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the low northern latitudes.
(superl.) Numerically small; as, a low number.
(superl.) Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as, low spirits; low in spirits.
(superl.) Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low condition; the lower classes.
(superl.) Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low mind; a low trick or stratagem.
(superl.) Not elevated or sublime; not exalted or diction; as, a low comparison.
(superl.) Submissive; humble.
(superl.) Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak; as, a low pulse; made low by sickness.
(superl.) Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a low temperature; a low fever.
(superl.) Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low estimate.
(superl.) Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple; as, a low diet.
(v. i.) To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo.
(superl.) Having existed, or having been made, but a short time; having originated or occured lately; having recently come into existence, or into one's possession; not early or long in being; of late origin; recent; fresh; modern; -- opposed to old, as, a new coat; a new house; a new book; a new fashion.
(superl.) Not before seen or known, although existing before; lately manifested; recently discovered; as, a new metal; a new planet; new scenes.
(superl.) Newly beginning or recurring; starting anew; now commencing; different from has been; as, a new year; a new course or direction.
(superl.) As if lately begun or made; having the state or quality of original freshness; also, changed for the better; renovated; unworn; untried; unspent; as, rest and travel made him a new man.
(superl.) Not of ancient extraction, or of a family of ancient descent; not previously kniwn or famous.
(superl.) Not habituated; not familiar; unaccustomed.