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bow (front)

Definition:

front part of a vessel or aircraft

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

bows

Type of:

front » side » surface » artifact

Part of:

vessel

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

he pointed the bow of the boat toward the finish line

Synonyms:

fore | prow | stem

Etymology:

"bow (verb)": Old English bugan "to bend, to bow down, to bend the ... | "bow...
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Prow

the forward most part of a ship's bow that cuts through the water. The prow is the part of the bow above the waterline. The terms prow and bow are often used interchangeably to describe the most forward part of a ship and its surrounding parts. In old ... (48 of 155 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

prow

the bow of a vessel (5 of 389 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prow

Oxford Dictionary:

prow

the pointed front part of a ship; the bow. | the pointed or projecting front part of something such as a car or building (23 of 81 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prow

New World Dictionary:

prow

[archaic] valiant; brave | the forward part of a ship or boat; bow | a part like this, as the nose of an airplane (22 of 58 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

prow | prows [plural] | prore [synonym, sense-specific]

[nautical] The fore part of a vessel; the bow; the stem; hence, the vessel itself. | [archaic] Brave, valiant, gallant. | Alternative form of proa. (23 of 53 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prow

Merriam-Webster:

prow [entry 1, adjective, archaic] | valiant [synonym] | gallant [synonym]

"valiant", "gallant" (2 of 24 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prow

prow [entry 2, noun] | stem [synonym, sense-specific]

the bow of a ship; "stem" | a pointed projecting front part (11 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prow show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

prow

[nautical] The forward part of a ship's hull; the bow. | A projecting forward part, such as the front end of a ski. (22 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prow

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prow [countable, literary] | prows [plural]

the front of a ship or boat (7 of 34 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prow

Random House Dictionary:

prow | bow [synonym, sense-specific]

the forepart of a ship or boat; bow. | the front end of an airship. | [literary] a ship. | "prow" : [archaic] : valiant. (22 of 30 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/prow

Cambridge Dictionary:

prow

the front part of a boat or ship (8 of 13 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prow

Britannica Encyclopedia:

stem [plant]

in botany, the plant axis that bears buds and shoots with leaves and, at its basal end, roots. The stem is the stalk of a plant or the main trunk of a ... (32 of 945 words, 4 images)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

stem

supporting structure of a plant, serving also to conduct and to store food materials. The stems of herbaceous and of woody plants differ: those of ... (25 of 336 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

prow | prows [plural]

the forward part of a ship | the projecting front part of something (12 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736259​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

bow

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: "bow (verb)": Old English bugan "to bend, to bow down, to bend the ... | "bow (n1.)": weapon for shooting arrows, Old English boga "archery ... (26 of 169 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=bow

New World Dictionary:

bow

Origin: Middle English bouen from Old English bugan, to bend from ... | Middle English boue from Old English boga from Proto-Germanic ... (20 of 61 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

bow | Bow

First use: 15th century

Origin: Old English būgan, related to Old Norse bjūgr bent, Old High German biogan to bend, Dutch buigen | Old English boga ... (22 of 56 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bow

Wiktionary:

bow | bows [plural] | bowed [past tense] | bowing [present participle]

Origin: Old English boga, from Proto-Germanic *bugô. Cognate with West Frisian boge, Dutch boog, German Bogen, Danish bue, Swedish båge. | Old English būgan, from Proto-Germanic *beuganą, from ... (26 of 45 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

bow | bowed [past tense] | bowing [present participle] | bows [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English boue, probably of Low German origin; see bheug- in Indo-European roots. | Middle English bowen, from Old ... (18 of 37 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

bow [entry 1, verb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English būgan; akin to Old High German biogan to bend, Sanskrit bhujati he bends

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bow

bow [entry 3, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English bowe, from Old English boga; akin to Old English būgan

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bow [entry 5, noun]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English bowe, bowgh, probably from Middle Dutch boech bow, shoulder; akin to Old English bōg bough

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Oxford Dictionary:

bow [entry 1] | add

Origin: Old English boga "bend, bow, arch", of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boog and German Bogen, also to "bow2"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bow

bow [entry 2]

Origin: Old English būgan "bend, stoop", of Germanic origin; related to German biegen, also to "bow1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bow--2

bow [entry 3] | bows | warning

Origin: late Middle English: from Low German boog, Dutch boeg, 'shoulder or ship's bow'; related to "bough"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bow--3

Encarta Dictionary:

bow [entry 1] | bows [plural] | bowed [past tense] | bowing [present participle]

Origin: Old English boga from Germanic, "to bend"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592148​/definition​.html  [offline]

bow [entry 2] | bows [plural] | bowed [past tense] | bowing [present participle]

Origin: Old English būgan from Germanic, "to bend"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592149​/definition​.html  [offline]

bow [entry 3] | bows [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Low German boog or Middle Dutch boeg

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861592147​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

bow | Bow

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "bow"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "Bow"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

bow | bowed [past tense] | bowing [present participle] | bows [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bow"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bow

bow [countable, noun] | bows [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bow"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/bow 17

bow [countable, noun] | bows [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bow"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

bow [verb] | bowed [past tense] | bowing [present participle] | bows [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bow"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bow

bow [countable, noun] | bows [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bow"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bow 17

bow [countable, noun] | bows [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bow"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/bow 10

Cambridge Dictionary:

bow [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bow"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bow"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bow 1

bow [entry 6]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "bow"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "bow"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/bow 6

the Free Dictionary:

Bow

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bow" by speech synthesizer

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Bow

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Google Dictionary:

bow | bows [plural] | bowed [past tense] | bowing [present participle]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "bow"

Audio 2: English pronunciation of "bow"

Audio 3: English pronunciation of "bow"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

bow

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