bower


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bower \Bo"wer\, n. [From Bow, v. & n.]
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   1. One who bows or bends.
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   2. (Naut.) An anchor carried at the bow of a ship.
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   3. A muscle that bends a limb, esp. the arm. [Obs.]
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            His rawbone arms, whose mighty brawned bowers
            Were wont to rive steel plates and helmets hew.
                                                  --Spenser.
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   Best bower, Small bower. See the Note under Anchor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   1. Anciently, a chamber; a lodging room; esp., a lady's
      private apartment.
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            Give me my lute in bed now as I lie,
            And lock the doors of mine unlucky bower.
                                                  --Gascoigne.
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   2. A rustic cottage or abode; poetically, an attractive abode
      or retreat. --Shenstone. B. Johnson.
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   3. A shelter or covered place in a garden, made with boughs
      of trees or vines, etc., twined together; an arbor; a
      shady recess.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bower \Bow"er\, v. t.
   To embower; to inclose. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bower \Bow"er\, v. i.
   To lodge. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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