bow, implement used in playing stringed instruments. Its name originated from the fact that in its early form it resembled an archer's bow, but by the 17th cent. the European bow had gradually become flat. The violin bow received its definitive form during the period from 1775 to 1781 at the hands of François Tourte (1747-1835). He made the bow of brazilwood (Pernambuco wood), gave it a slightly concave curvature, and invented the device by which the horsehairs are held in place and tightened. The cello and the double bass are played with a bow that is shorter, broader, and heavier than the violin bow.
Bow may refer to:

  • Bow (weapon) (pronounced boʊ), an archery weapon that uses elasticity to propel arrows
  • Bowing (social) (pronounced baʊ), to lower the head or the upper body
  • Bow (ship) (pronounced baʊ), the foremost point of the hull of a ship or boat
  • Bow (knot), a type of knot
  • Bow (music), a device used to play a stringed instrument

It may also refer to:

  • Musical bow, a musical instrument resembling an archer's bow
  • E-bow, a hand-held electronic device for playing the electric guitar


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