Main definitions of bowman in US English:

: bowman1bowman2

bowman1

nounPlural bowmen

  • An archer.

    • ‘Though lame, he grows up strong and agile and a formidable bowman.’
    • ‘The Magyars were bowmen and light cavalry experts from the Asian steppes, and their horses were mostly the Turkmen type.’
    • ‘England's wars, waged successfully by humble bowmen as well as knights and noblemen, created among all ranks a self-confidence that warmed English hearts.’
    • ‘Hamlet was given a couple of warriors, spearmen and bowmen to counter this latest example of English aggression.’
    • ‘The English army was composed largely of bowmen, whereas the French used virtually none.’
    • ‘This game, which is distributed by Replay Interactive, is a simple strategy game where you have an army consisting of infantry, pikemen, bowmen, crossbowmen, light cavalry, heavy cavalry, siege engines and a Hero.’
    • ‘If this is so it is quite possible they are mercenary bowmen from eastern Europe, and these archers are known to have used horn and sinew shortbows.’
    • ‘His blade snapped out of its scabbard, and the first group of bowmen, arbalests exchanged for swords and axes, leapt back up onto the step their fellows had abandoned.’
    • ‘Dod is reputed to have had archery in his blood, one of his ancestors having commanded the English bowmen at Agincourt.’
    • ‘He knew, however, that it might take too many days for it to march to Jaffa, so he gathered eighty knights, four hundred bowmen, and about two thousand Italian soldiers, and headed to the rescue.’
    • ‘From the havens of Harad ships of war put out to sea; and out of the East men were moving endlessly: swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots of chieftains and laden wains.’
    • ‘The bowmen of Darenteford Archery Club hope to stage an annual event following the success of the Les Harris Memorial Shoot, and capitalise on the sudden surge of public interest in the sport at the same time.’
    • ‘Toward sundown, the bridge was at last completed and the bowmen hurried over.’
    • ‘Chariots, which allowed bowmen or even heavily armored warriors to move around a battlefield quickly, appeared around 4,100 years ago and also made their debut in Mesopotamia.’
    • ‘Foot and archers on their left kept the Turkish mounted bowmen out of range of the cavalry and guarded the baggage on the seaward right.’
    • ‘The history of English conquest in America began with five native bowmen ambushing a scouting party of prospective Jamestown settlers, armed with matchlock muskets.’
    • ‘The bowmen who were later to prove so deadly in France broke the Scots ranks, the Scottish cavalry fled, and the Welsh, seeing this, joined in the slaughter.’
    • ‘The bowman had already nocked an arrow; he grimaced.’
    • ‘The success of the mailed knights and their bowmen was immediate.’
    • ‘These were more difficult to manoeuvre, but they could carry bowmen and projectiles in their castles and were more suitable for boarding an enemy, even if oar-power remained the handiest means finally to position a warship.’

Pronunciation

bowman

/ˈbōmən//ˈboʊmən/

Main definitions of bowman in US English:

: bowman1bowman2

bowman2

nounPlural bowmen

  • The rower who sits nearest the bow of a boat, especially a racing boat.

    • ‘‘You put your body in a place where you ask it a question and it's a simple answer, yes or no,’ said the bowman of the victorious British four.’
    • ‘Joubert will be the bowman and rigger on the Swedish lock group Assa Abloy's boat.’
    • ‘Pre-race favourites, Oxford's two-year domination came to an abrupt end when a clash of blades four minutes into the race caused Oxford's bowman to lose his seat and Cambridge to take the lead.’
    • ‘However, world events and history seem to have been shaped by the offspring of an illegitimate son of a common bowman.’
    • ‘‘Shirley's the boss,’ said Ayton, who sailed as bowman.’
    • ‘The squad's bowman said that the driver appeared not to see the rowers or hear their shouts for him to change course.’
    • ‘Seigi barely had time to bleakly wonder how close he had come to death before the bowman was slamming into him from behind, hissing ‘Go, go, go!’’
    • ‘With 800m to go, the call came from Williams, the bowman, for a burst and the response was immediate.’
    • ‘But in that time she has been quick to show that she has what it takes to become a first class bowman.’
    • ‘Then there was that bowman in the maiden four.’
    • ‘Lynch praises stroke man Towey for being the best technical rower he knows while Towey says he has 100 percent trust in his bowman.’
    • ‘Fiddler's Bid harp/keyboard player and bowman take their long-term instrumental partnership to new levels in this celebration of music from the Northern Isles.’
    • ‘Seigi saw Drew glance at him sharply, putting two and two together, but the bowman pretended he hadn't seen the look, and continued to watch Lillandra.’
    • ‘Commiserations to Norway as a last minute crew change was required after the bowman broke his wrist during a warm up run yesterday.’
    • ‘They are sprinting flat out, their bowman calling every few strokes.’
    • ‘He had been brought onto the Cambridge boat at the last minute, after an unlucky collision with a harbour master launch on Friday forced the Cambridge bowman to withdraw.’
    • ‘His body did not carry the telltale signs of the great bowman.’
    • ‘My old friend and bowman on this expedition recalls that the ground on which we stand was where Lewis and Clark camped on June 2,1805.’
    • ‘Well finally the suspense ends and starts another chapter of the epic adventure of Alex, Arthur, Winter, and the mysterious bowman.’
    • ‘Nicorette lost considerable time when the bowman hit his head and was knocked unconscious while working on the boat's mast.’

Pronunciation

bowman

/ˈboumən//ˈbaʊmən/