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Bower definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BOW'ER,n. [from bow.] An anchor carried at the bow of a ship. There are generally two bowers, called first and second, great and little, or best and small.
BOW'ER, n.
1. A shelter or covered place in a garden, made with boughs of trees bent and twined together. It differs from arbor in that it may be round or square, whereas an arbor is long and arched.
2. A bed-chamber; any room in a house except the hall.
3. A country seat; a cottage.
4. A shady recess; a plantation for shade.
BOW'ER, v.t. To embower to inclose.
BOW'ER, v.i. To lodge.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a framework that supports climbing plants; "the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park" [syn: arbor, arbour, bower, pergola] v
1: enclose in a bower [syn: embower, bower]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English bour dwelling, from Old English b?r; akin to Old English & Old High German b?an to dwell, Old English b?on to be more at be Date: before 12th century 1. an attractive dwelling or retreat 2. a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle 3. a shelter (as in a garden) made with tree boughs or vines twined together ; arbor bowery adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1592 embower, enclose III. noun Date: 1652 an anchor carried at the bow of a ship

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. & v. --n. 1 a a secluded place, esp. in a garden, enclosed by foliage; an arbour. b a summer-house. 2 poet. an inner room; a boudoir. --v.tr. poet. embower. Derivatives: bowery adj. Etymology: OE bur f. Gmc 2. n. (in full bower-anchor) either of two anchors carried at a ship's bow. Phrases and idioms: best bower the starboard bower. bower-cable the cable attached to a bower-anchor. small bower the port bower. Etymology: BOW(3) + -ER(1) 3. n. either of two cards at euchre and similar games. Phrases and idioms: left bower the jack of the same colour as the right bower. right bower the jack of trumps. Etymology: G Bauer peasant, jack at cards, rel. to Du. boer: see BOOR

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bower 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. --Spenser. Best bower, Small bower. See the Note under Anchor.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bower Bow"er (bou"[~e]r), n. [G. bauer a peasant. So called from the figure sometimes used for the knave in cards. See Boor.] 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bower 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, Byre.] 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bower Bow"er, v. t. To embower; to inclose. --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bower Bow"er, v. i. To lodge. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bower Bow"er, n. [From Bough, cf. Brancher.] (Falconry) A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest. [Obs.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bowers) A bower is a shady, leafy shelter in a garden or wood. (LITERARY) N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Arbor, shady recess, shady retreat, summer-house. 2. Bow-anchor, working-anchor. 3. Knave (of the trump color).

Foolish Dictionary

A shady retreat, in general.

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