1. The oar used by the bowman.
2. One who rows at the bow of a boat.
(Bow"-pen`) n. Bow-compasses carrying a drawing pen. See Bow-compass.
(Bow"-pen`cil) n. Bow-compasses, one leg of which carries a pencil.
(Bow"-saw`) n. A saw with a thin or narrow blade set in a strong frame.
(Bowse) v. i. [See Booze, and Bouse.]
1. To carouse; to bouse; to booze. De Quincey.
2. (Naut.) To pull or haul; as, to bowse upon a tack; to bowse away, i. e., to pull all together.
(Bowse), n. A carouse; a drinking bout; a booze.
(Bow"shot`) n. The distance traversed by an arrow shot from a bow.
(Bow"sprit`) n. [Bow + sprit; akin to D. boegspriet; boeg bow of a ship + spriet, E. sprit, also
Sw. bogspröt, G. bugspriet.] (Naut.) A large boom or spar, which projects over the stem of a ship or
other vessel, to carry sail forward.
(Bows"sen) v. t. To drench; to soak; especially, to immerse (in water believed to have curative
There were many bowssening places, for curing of mad men.
. . . If there appeared small amendment
he was bowssened again and again.
1. The string of a bow.
2. A string used by the Turks for strangling offenders.
Bowstring bridge, a bridge formed of an arch of timber or iron, often braced, the thrust of which is
resisted by a tie forming a chord of the arch. Bowstring girder, an arched beam strengthened
by a tie connecting its two ends. Bowstring hemp (Bot.), the tenacious fiber of the Sanseviera
Zeylanica, growing in India and Africa, from which bowstrings are made. Balfour.
(Bow"string`) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowstringed or Bowstrung ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bowstringing.]
To strangle with a bowstring.
1. Furnished with bowstring.
2. Put to death with a bowstring; strangled.
(Bow"tel) n. See Boultel.
(Bow"wow`) n. An onomatopoetic name for a dog or its bark. a. Onomatopoetic; as, the
bowwow theory of language; a bowwow word. [Jocose.]
(Bow"yer) n. [From Bow, like lawyer from law.]