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Meaning of BOWER

Pronunciation:  'bowur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a framework that supports climbing plants; "the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park"
  2. [v]  enclose in a bower

BOWER is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: arbor, arbour, embower, pergola
 See Also: enclose, frame, framework, framing, grape arbor, grape arbour, inclose, shut in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bo"wer\, n. [From {Bow}, v. & n.]
    1. One who bows or bends.
    2. (Naut.) An anchor carried at the bow of a ship.
    3. A muscle that bends a limb, esp. the arm. [Obs.]
             His rawbone arms, whose mighty brawned bowers Were
             wont to rive steel plates and helmets hew.
    {Best bower}, {Small bower}. See {the Note under Anchor}.
  2. \Bow"er\ (bou"[~e]r), n. [G. bauer a peasant. So called
    from the figure sometimes used for the knave in cards. See
    One of the two highest cards in the pack commonly used in the
    game of euchre.
    {Right bower}, the knave of the trump suit, the highest card
       (except the ``Joker'') in the game.
    {Left bower}, the knave of the other suit of the same color
       as the trump, being the next to the right bower in value.
    {Best bower} or {Joker}, in some forms of euchre and some
       other games, an extra card sometimes added to the pack,
       which takes precedence of all others as the highest card.
  3. \Bow"er\, n. [OE. bour, bur, room, dwelling, AS. b[=u]r,
    fr. the root of AS. b[=u]an to dwell; akin to Icel. b[=u]r
    chamber, storehouse, Sw. b[=u]r cage, Dan. buur, OHG. p[=u]r
    room, G. bauer cage, bauer a peasant. [root]97] Cf.{Boor},
    1. Anciently, a chamber; a lodging room; esp., a lady's
       private apartment.
             Give me my lute in bed now as I lie, And lock the
             doors of mine unlucky bower.          --Gascoigne.
    2. A rustic cottage or abode; poetically, an attractive abode
       or retreat. --Shenstone. B. Johnson.
    3. A shelter or covered place in a garden, made with boughs
       of trees or vines, etc., twined together; an arbor; a
       shady recess.
  4. \Bow"er\, v. t.
    To embower; to inclose. --Shak.
  5. \Bow"er\, v. i.
    To lodge. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  6. \Bow"er\, n. [From {Bough}, cf. {Brancher}.] (Falconry)
    A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest. [Obs.]
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