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Overview page. Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

One of the earliest English porcelain factories, situated in Stratford, in the East End of London. It was founded in the mid-1740s by the Irish painter Thomas Frye and glass maker Edward...

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Bowes

Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates and Peter McClure.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

November 2016; p ublished online November 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 169 words.

Variants: Bows, Bose, Bow, Boas

Current frequencies: GB 4501, Ireland 405 • GB frequency 1881: 2746

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Bow

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 122 words.

1. English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of bows, from Middle English bow (Old English boga,

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bow

in New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 50 words.

allow, avow, Bilbao, Bissau, bough, bow, bow-wow, brow, cacao, chow, ciao, cow, dhow, Dow, endow, Foochow, Frau, Hangzhou,

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bow

in Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 50 words.

allow, avow, Bilbao, Bissau, bough, bow, bow-wow, brow, cacao, chow, ciao, cow, dhow, Dow, endow, Foochow, Frau, Hangzhou,

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bow

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A bow at a venture a chance attempt at something, from the biblical ‘a certain man drew a bow at a venture’ (1 Kings 22:34).

See also bow of promise.

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bow

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 179 words.

bow and scrape behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority.

bow down in the house of Rimmon pay

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in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 32 words.

a bow at a venture a chance attempt at something, from the biblical ‘a certain man drew a bow at a venture’ (1 Kings 22:34)....

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Bowness

in Who's Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social and Cultural History; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Politics. 306 words.

Kt 1987; CBE 1981

Born 19 May 1943; s of Hubert Spencer Bowness and Doreen (Peggy) Bowness; m 1969,...

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Bow

A. D. Mills.

in A Dictionary of British Place Names

January 2011; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 59 words.

‘(place at) the arched bridge’, OE boga: Bow Devon. Limet [sic] 1086 (db), Nymetboghe

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Bow

Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates and Peter McClure.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

November 2016; p ublished online November 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 189 words.

Variants: Bowe, Bough, Boe, Boa, Bowes

Current frequencies: GB 626, Ireland 12 • GB frequency

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in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 92 words.

born within sound of Bow Bells born within City bounds, Cockney; the bells referred to are those of Bow Church or St Mary-le-Bow, formerly St Mary of the Arches, in Cheapside, London, so...

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bow

in The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

January 2001; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History. 27 words.

n. the front end of a ship: water sprayed high over her bows.

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Bow

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Born within sound of Bow Bells born within City bounds, Cockney; the bells referred to are those of Bow Church or St Mary-le-Bow, formerly St Mary of the Arches, in Cheapside, London, so...

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Bowes

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 56 words.

1. Northern English: habitational name from Bowes (formerly in North Yorkshire, now in County Durham), or from some other place

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bow

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 38 words.

weapon for shooting arrows OE.; transf. to various bent objects XIV. OE. boga bow, rainbow, arch = OS. bogo,

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bow

Matthew Strickland.

in The Oxford Companion to Military History

January 2001; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History. 1992 words.

(see also archers). From prehistoric times until its replacement by early firearms during the 16th century, the bow

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bow

Edited by I. C. B. Dear and Peter Kemp.

in The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea

January 2006; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Maritime History. 126 words.

the foremost end of a ship, the opposite of stern. From bow to stern, the whole length of a

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bow

Edited by Joyce Bourne.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Music

January 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 85 words.

Flexible stick with horsehair (usually) stretched across it, used to produce sound vibrations from strings of vn, vla, vc, db, and other str instr. Until 17th cent. bow was convex. As vn...

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Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The foremost end of a ship, the opposite of stern. From bow to stern, the whole length of a ship. The word is frequently used in the plural, as ‘the bows of a ship’. It was also used at one...

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bow

Julia Cresswell.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 175 words.

[OE]

The bow of a ship has nothing to do with a person bowing in respect or a support bowing

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