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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bow n.
 1. Naut. The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.
 2. Naut. One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.
 Bow chaser Naut., a gun in the bow for firing while chasing another vessel.
 -- Bow piece, a piece of ordnance carried at the bow of a ship.
 On the bow Naut., on that part of the horizon within 45° on either side of the line ahead.