As nouns the difference between bow and sword
is that 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 while sword
is (weaponry) a long-bladed weapon having a handle and sometimes a hilt and designed to stab, hew, or slice .
As a verb 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.