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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A bower builder can leave his behind. 72 More direct evidence of this pattern comes from fish.
▪ A table for two had been set in a sort of bower beneath a canopy of spreading palms.
▪ As in other bowerbirds, the male builds an elaborate bower of twigs and ferns and therein tries to seduce females.
▪ Beneath the leafy bowers the golden subjects of the Everqueen dance and sing.
▪ Gould organised the shipment of several complete bowers back to London, where they were put on display at the Zoological Society.
▪ Once acquired they must be guarded against other jealous male bowerbirds anxious to steal them for their own bowers.
▪ What this suggests is that nightingales and bowerbirds have transferred their color to their songs and bowers.
▪ Whenever she was free from the brewing she hurried up to the bower to spin with the other women.
The Collaborative International 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.

  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.


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


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


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


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.

    Best bower, Small bower. See the Note under Anchor.


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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English bur "room, hut, dwelling, chamber," from Proto-Germanic *buraz (cognates: Old Norse bur "chamber," Swedish bur "cage," Old High German bur "dwelling, chamber," German Bauer "birdcage"), from *bu- "to dwell," from PIE root *bheue- "to be, exist, dwell" (see be). Modern spelling developed after mid-14c. Sense of "leafy arbor" (place closed in by trees) is first attested 1520s. Hence, too, Australia's bower-bird (1847).


Etymology 1 n. 1 A bedroom or private apartments, especially for a woman in a medieval castle. 2 (context literary English) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat. 3 A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods. vb. 1 To embower; to enclose. 2 (context obsolete English) To lodge. Etymology 2

n. A peasant; a farmer. Etymology 3

n. Either of the two highest trumps in euchre. Etymology 4

n. 1 (context nautical English) A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow. 2 One who bows or bends. 3 A muscle that bends a limb, especially the arm. Etymology 5

n. (context obsolete falconry English) A young hawk, when it begins to leave the nest.

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

  2. v. enclose in a bower [syn: embower]

Bower (Co-op)

Bower is a student housing cooperative located in East Lansing, Michigan and a member of the Student Housing Cooperative at Michigan State University. The house as been operating as a co-op since 1947, and as an active member of the MSU SHC since 1971. It is well known for having a strong history of eco-friendly action and activism.

Bower (sculpture)

Bower is an outdoor 2015 painted and powder-coated steel sculpture by Susan Zoccola, installed at the Southeast Park Avenue MAX Station in Oak Grove, an unincorporated area neighboring Milwaukie in Clackamas County, Oregon, in the United States. It features a canopy of oak leaves and, according to TriMet, serves as an "icon" for Oak Grove.


Bower may refer to:

  • A folly built by a bowerbird to attract a mate
  • A dwelling or lean-to shelter, also known as a pergola
  • An anchor carried at the bow of a ship
  • Bower Manuscript, a Sanskrit manuscript
  • Bower–Barff process, a method of coating iron or steel with magnetic iron oxide
  • Julian's Bower, turf mazes
  • 1639 Bower, an asteroid
  • Bower (software), a system for managing software packages

Bower may also be:

  • An altered spelling of the German family name Bauer
  • The right bower and left bower (or bauer), the two highest-ranking cards in the game of euchre
  • A woman's bedroom or private apartments, especially in a medieval castle – cf. boudoir
Bower (surname)

Bower is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Adrian Bower, English actor
  • Archibald Bower (1686 – 1766), Scottish historian
  • B. M. Bower (1871 – 1940), American novelist
  • Billy Bower, English footballer who played for Clapton Orient
  • David Bower, Welsh deaf actor
  • David Bower, Detective Sergeant West Yorkshire Police 1989 ~
  • E. Nott-Bower, British archer
  • Edward Bower, early 17th-century English portrait painter
  • Frederick Orpen Bower, British botanist
  • Graham John Bower, Irish diplomat
  • Gordon H. Bower, American cognitive psychologist
  • Hetty Bower (1905–2013), English activist
  • Jeff Bower (American football), American football coach
  • Jeff Bower (basketball), American basketball executive
  • Jimmy Bower, American heavy metal guitarist
  • Johnny Bower, Canadian hockey goaltender
  • John Nott-Bower, British policeman
  • Mark Bower (born 1980), English footballer
  • Marvin Bower, American lawyer
  • Matthew Bower, British musician
  • Michael Bower, American actor
  • Norman Adolph Henry Bower, British Conservative politician
  • Paul Bower (born 1988), Australian rules footballer
  • Robert Bower (disambiguation), various persons
  • Scott Bower, American soccer player
  • Shane Bower (wrestler), Canadian professional Wrestler
  • Steve Bower, British radio presenter
  • Thomas Bower, English architect
  • Tom Bower, British writer
  • Tom Bower (actor), American actor
  • Walter Bower (1385–1449), Scottish chronicler

Usage examples of "bower".

Orlin, sporting a black eye that made him wince with each grin, described the fight back at the bower with a relish that made Agatine snort.

Other arborescent species, unknown to the young naturalist, bent over the stream, which could be heard murmuring beneath the bowers of verdure.

The bowers and boskages stretched behind them, the artificial lakes and cockneyfied landscapes, making all the region bright with the sense of air and space, and raw natural tints, and vegetation too diminutive to overshadow.

No more baseball and passes to go fishing for that Bowie Bowers and Elmo Mobley.

The series of increasingly complex sporogonia among Bryophytes appears to be most naturally explained on an hypothesis of progressive sterilization of sporogenous tissue, such as has been advanced by Bower.

With budding, fading, faded flowers, They stand the wonder of the bowers From morn to evening dews, He told of the Magnolia, spread High as a cloud, high over head!

The fair full earth, the enraptured skies, She images in constant play: Night and the stars are in her eyes, But her sweet face is beaming day, A bounteous interblush of flowers: A dewy brilliance in a dale of bowers.

But Yolande coming radiant from the bower and espying the litter, shook her head.

Friendship, hand in hand with admiration, tenderness and respect, built a bower of delight in my heart, late rough as an untrod wild in America, as the homeless wind or herbless sea.

Now, Tryl stood in the shadows, watching as Karri snuck up to the bower where Yai lay, not dead, but not safe either.

So that he was well pleased to mark the Red Foliot go softly from his seat on the dais and forth from the hall by a door behind the arras, and seeing this, himself departed softly amid the full tide of the Galliard, forth of that hall of swift movement and gleeful laughter, forth into the quiet evening, where above the smooth downs the wind was lulled to sleep in the vast silent spaces of the sky, and the west was a bower of orange light fading to purple and unfathomable blue in the upper heaven, and nought was heard save the murmur of the sleepless sea, and nought seen save a flight of wildfowl flying against the sunset.

Bowers would return her call this evening, especially after Lyssa had impressed upon the receptionist in her phone call how urgent the matter was.

Against a setting of white narcissi, white trellis-work bowers, and lighted tapers in silver sconces festooned with bunches of faux black Muscadine grapes bedecked with spiralling silver ribbon, Mrs.

Abruptly Albumarak realized that she had kept Omber standing in the pouring rain, and hastily urged her to the nearest bower.

Her voice sae saft, sae sweet and clear, Afar in yonder bower sae green, The mavis quits her lay to hear A bonnier sang frae lovely Jean.