the act of bending the top part of your body forward to show respect for someone when you meet them, or as a way of thanking an audience
take/give a bow (=bow to the audience at the end of a performance)
The music ended and the girl took a bow.
He gave a final bow just as the curtains came down.
This is done with a formal bow to the king or queen.
2 [countable] also bows [plural]TTW
the front part of a ship [↪ stern, yacht]