Greet vs Bow - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between greet and bow

is that greet is to meet and give salutations while bow is to defer (to something).

As verbs the difference between greet and bow

is that greet is to address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes; to salute; to hail; to welcome; to accost with friendship; to pay respects or compliments to, either personally or through the intervention of another, or by writing or token or greet can be (scotland|northern england) to weep; to cry while bow is to play music on (a stringed instrument) using a bow or bow can be to bend oneself as a gesture of respect or deference.

As nouns the difference between greet and bow

is that greet is mourning, weeping, lamentation while bow is a weapon made of a curved piece of wood or other flexible material whose ends are connected by a string, used for shooting arrows or bow can be a gesture, usually showing respect, made by inclining the head or bending forward at the waist or bow can be (nautical) the front of a boat or ship.

As an adjective greet

is (obsolete|outside|scotland) great.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

greet

English

Etymology 1

(etyl) . Compare Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Old High German gruozen.

Verb

(en verb)
  • To address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes; to salute; to hail; to welcome; to accost with friendship; to pay respects or compliments to, either personally or through the intervention of another, or by writing or token.
  • * 1591 , (William Shakespeare), , Act III, scene 1
  • My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • Warwick observed, as they passed through the respectable quarter, that few people who met the girl greeted her, and that some others whom she passed at gates or doorways gave her no sign of recognition; from which he inferred that she was possibly a visitor in the town and not well acquainted.
  • To come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad.
  • * '1707, (Joseph Addison), ''Rosamond , Act I, scene 4
  • In vain the spring my senses greets .
  • To accost; to address.
  • (Alexander Pope)
  • To meet and give salutations.
  • * circa 1590 , (William Shakespeare), (Titus Adronicus), Act I, scene 2, line 90
  • There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, And sleep in peace.
  • To be perceived by (somebody).
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.}}
    Derived terms
    * greeter * meet-and-greet

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), .

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete, outside, Scotland) Great.
  • Etymology 3

    From a blend of two (etyl) verbs, (of uncertain ultimate origin), both ‘weep, lament’.

    Verb

  • (Scotland, Northern England) To weep; to cry.
  • *1933 , (Lewis Grassic Gibbon), Cloud Howe'', Polygon 2006 (''A Scots Quair ), page 312:
  • *:And damn't! if he didn't take down her bit things and scone her so sore she grat like a bairn [...].
  • * 2008 , (James Kelman), Kieron Smith, Boy , Penguin 2009, page 2:
  • My maw went potty and started greeting .

    Noun

    (-)
  • Mourning, weeping, lamentation.
  • References

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    bow

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) boga, from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A weapon made of a curved piece of wood or other flexible material whose ends are connected by a string, used for shooting arrows.
  • A curved bend in a rod or planar surface, or in a linear formation such as a river (see oxbow ).
  • A rod with horsehair (or an artificial substitute) stretched between the ends, used for playing various stringed musical instruments.
  • A stringed instrument, similar to the item described above.
  • A type of knot with two loops, used to tie together two cords such as shoelaces or apron strings, and frequently used as decoration, such as in gift-wrapping.
  • Anything bent or curved, such as a rainbow.
  • * Bible, Genesis ix. 13
  • I do set my bow in the cloud.
  • The U-shaped piece which goes around the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.
  • Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.
  • (nautical) A crude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.
  • (saddlery) Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.
  • Synonyms
    * (bow-shaped bend) arc, bend, curve * (tool for playing stringed instruments) fiddlestick
    Derived terms
    * bow and arrow * bowman * bowmanship * composite bow * compound bow * crossbow * longbow * oxbow * rainbow * shortbow * bow tie

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To play music on (a stringed instrument) using a bow.
  • The musician bowed his violin expertly.
  • To become bent or curved.
  • The shelf bowed under the weight of the books.
  • To make something bend or curve.
  • * Milton
  • We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to their natural straightness.
  • * Prescott
  • The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny.
  • (figurative) To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.
  • * Fuller
  • not to bow and bias their opinions
  • To premiere.
  • Cronenberg’s "Cosmopolis" bows in Cannes this week.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch buigen, German biegen, Danish bue.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To bend oneself as a gesture of respect or deference.
  • * 1900 , , (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
  • The soldier now blew upon a green whistle, and at once a young girl, dressed in a pretty green silk gown, entered the room. She had lovely green hair and green eyes, and she bowed low before Dorothy as she said, "Follow me and I will show you your room."
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.}}
  • (transitive, and, intransitive) To debut.
  • * 2010 (publication date), Kara Krekeler, "Rebuilding the opera house", West End Word , volume 39, number 26, December 22, 2010 – January 11, 2011, page 1:
  • SCP recently announced that How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will bow on the newly renovated stage next December.
  • To defer (to something).
  • Derived terms
    * bow down * bow out * bow and scrape * take a bow

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A gesture, usually showing respect, made by inclining the head or bending forward at the waist.
  • He bowed politely as he entered the room.
  • A debut
  • The new product will make its bow on the world market this summer.
  • * {{quote-journal, 1832, , Literary Notices, The Rail-Road Journal citation
  • , passage=The first named one, it will be observed, is but a debutant. It makes its bow in a drab-colored Quaker-looking dress, and barring a lively McGrawler-like critique upon " Lewis' Poems," is staid and professorial in its tone.}}

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) boech or (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (nautical) The front of a boat or ship.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , title=The Dust of Conflict , chapter=6 citation , passage=The night was considerably clearer than anybody on board her desired when the schooner Ventura headed for the land. It rose in places, black and sharp against the velvety indigo, over her dipping bow , though most of the low littoral was wrapped in obscurity.}}
    Synonyms
    * (of a ship) prow
    Antonyms
    * (of a ship) poop, stern
    Derived terms
    * bow shock * bow rudder

    See also

    * coll'arco * curtsy * kowtow * * * * * * *