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English definition of “bow”

bow

noun [C]     /baʊ/
BEND an act of bowing: The actors came back on stage and took a bow.Gestures with the head or shouldersGestures and gesturing in general
SHIP the front part of a shipParts of ships and boats
(Definition of bow noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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