(Bo"vate) n. [LL. bovata, fr. bos, bovis, ox.] (O.Eng.Law.) An oxgang, or as much land as
an ox can plow in a year; an ancient measure of land, of indefinite quantity, but usually estimated at
(Bo"vey coal`) (Min.) A kind of mineral coal, or brown lignite, burning with a weak flame,
and generally a disagreeable odor; found at Bovey Tracey, Devonshire, England. It is of geological
age of the oölite, and not of the true coal era.
(Bo"vid) a. [L. bos, bovis, ox, cow.] (Zoöl.) Relating to that tribe of ruminant mammals of which
the genus Bos is the type.
(Bo"vi*form) a. [L. bos, bovis, ox + -form.] Resembling an ox in form; ox- shaped. [R.]
(Bo"vine) a. [LL. bovinus, fr.L. bos, bovis, ox, cow: cf. F. bovine. See Cow.]
1. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the genus Bos; relating to, or resembling, the ox or cow; oxlike; as, the bovine
genus; a bovine antelope.
2. Having qualities characteristic of oxen or cows; sluggish and patient; dull; as, a bovine temperament.
The bovine gaze of gaping rustics.
(Bow) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bowing.] [OE. bowen, bogen, bugen, AS.
bugan (generally v. i.); akin to D. buigen, OHG. biogan, G. biegen, beugen, Icel. boginn bent, beygja
to bend, Sw. böja, Dan. böie, bugne, Coth. biugan; also to L. fugere to flee, Gr. and Skr. bhuj to
bend. &radic88. Cf. Fugitive.]
1. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved.
We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to their natural straightness.
The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny.
2. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.
Not to bow and bias their opinions.
3. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
2 Kings ii. 15.
4. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,; to crush; to subdue.
Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave.
5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
(Bow) v. i.
1. To bend; to curve. [Obs.]
2. To stop. [Archaic]
They stoop, they bow down together.
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