Hook vs Bow - What's the difference?

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Hook is a related term of bow.

In lang=en terms the difference between hook and bow

is that hook is to connect (hook into'', ''hook together ) while bow is to defer (to something).

As nouns the difference between hook and bow

is that hook is a rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment 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 verbs the difference between hook and bow

is that hook is to attach a hook to 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.

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(wikipedia hook)


(en noun)
  • A rod bent into a curved shape, typically with one end free and the other end secured to a rope or other attachment.
  • A fishhook, a barbed metal hook used for fishing.
  • Any of various hook-shaped agricultural implements such as a billhook
  • * Alexander Pope
  • like slashing Bentley with his desperate hook
  • * 1819 , Keats,
  • Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
    Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
    Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;
  • That part of a hinge which is fixed to a post, and on which a door or gate hangs and turns.
  • A loop shaped like a hook under certain written letters, e.g. g'' and ''j .
  • A catchy musical phrase which forms the basis of a popular song.
  • The song's hook snared me.
  • A brief, punchy opening statement intended to get attention from an audience, reader, or viewer, and make them want to continue to listen to a speech, read a book, or watch a play.
  • A tie-in to a current event or trend that makes a news story or editorial relevant and timely.
  • (informal) Removal or expulsion from a group or activity.
  • He is not handling this job, so we're giving him the hook .
  • (cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a horizontal arc, hitting the ball high in the air to the leg side, often played to balls which bounce around head height.
  • (baseball) A curveball.
  • He threw a hook in the dirt.
  • (software) A feature, definition, or coding that enables future enhancements to happen compatibly or more easily.
  • ''We've added "user-defined" codepoints in several places and careful definitions of what to do with unknown message types as hooks in the standard to enable implementations to be both backward and forward compatible to future versions of the standard.
  • (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves unintentionally to the left. See draw, slice, fade
  • (basketball) A basketball shot in which the offensive player, usually turned perpendicular to the basket, gently throws the ball with a sweeping motion of his arm in an upward arc with a follow-through which ends over his head. Also called hook shot.
  • (boxing) A type of punch delivered with the arm rigid and partially bent and the fist travelling nearly horizontally mesially along an arc.
  • The heavyweight delivered a few powerful hooks that staggered his opponent.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 18 , author=Ben Dirs , title=Carl Froch outclassed by dazzling Andre Ward , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=American Ward was too quick and too slick for his British rival, landing at will with razor sharp jabs and hooks and even bullying Froch at times.}}
  • (slang) A jack (the playing card)
  • (typography, rare) A .
  • * 2003 , Language Issues XV–XVIII, page 36
  • Common diacritics in Slavonic language are the hook' ? (as in ha'''?'''ek – Czech for ‘hook’) and the stroke ´ (robi' ? – Polish for ‘do/make’).
  • * 2003 , David Adams, The Song and Duet Texts of , page 168
  • In Czech, palatalization is normally indicated by the symbol ?, called ha?ek or “hook .”
  • * 2004 , Keesing’s Record of World Events L:i–xii, page unknown
  • In detailing the proposed shortening of the Czech Republic to ?esko…the hook (hacek) erroneously appeared over the letter “e” instead of the “C”.
  • (Scrabble) An instance of playing a word perpendicular to a word already on the board, adding a letter to the start or the end of the word to form a new word.
  • * '>citation
  • (bowling) A ball that is rolled in a curved line.
  • * '>citation
  • (bridge, slang) A finesse.
  • A snare; a trap.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • A field sown two years in succession.
  • (in the plural) The projecting points of the thighbones of cattle; called also hook bones.
  • Derived terms

    * by hook or by crook * grappling hook * * hook shot * on the hook


    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523


    (en verb)
  • To attach a hook to.
  • Hook the bag here, and the conveyor will carry it away.
  • To catch with a hook (hook a fish).
  • He hooked a snake accidentally, and was so scared he dropped his rod into the water.
  • To ensnare someone, as if with a hook.
  • She's only here to try to hook a husband.
    A free trial is a good way to hook customers.
  • (UK, US, slang, archaic) To steal.
  • To connect (hook into'', ''hook together ).
  • If you hook your network cable into the jack, you'll be on the network.
  • (Usually in passive) To make addicted; to captivate.
  • He had gotten hooked on cigarettes in his youth.
    I watched one episode of that TV series and now I'm hooked .
  • (cricket, golf) To play a hook shot.
  • (field hockey, ice hockey) To engage in the illegal maneuver of hooking (i.e., using the hockey stick to trip or block another player)
  • The opposing team's forward hooked me, but the referee didn't see it, so no penalty.
  • (soccer) To swerve a ball; kick a ball so it swerves or bends.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Reds carved the first opening of the second period as Glen Johnson's pull-back found David Ngog but the Frenchman hooked wide from six yards.}}
  • (slang) To engage in prostitution.
  • I had a cheap flat in the bad part of town, and I could watch the working girls hooking from my bedroom window.
  • (Scrabble) To play a word perpendicular to another word by adding a single letter to the existing word.
  • (bridge, slang) To finesse.
  • To seize or pierce with the points of the horns, as cattle in attacking enemies; to gore.
  • Derived terms

    * hooker * hook up



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) boga, from (etyl) .


    (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


    (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.


    (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


    (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) .


    (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.}}
    * (of a ship) prow
    * (of a ship) poop, stern
    Derived terms
    * bow shock * bow rudder

    See also

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