down-bow [doun-boh] ExamplesWord Origin noun Music.

  1. (in bowing on a stringed instrument) a stroke bringing the tip of the bow toward the strings, indicated in scores by the symbol (opposed to up-bow).

Origin of down-bow First recorded in 1890–95; down1 + bow2 Examples from the Web for down-bow Historical Examples of down-bow

  • And the violinist should never think: ‘I must play this up-bow or down-bow.’

    Violin Mastery

    Frederick H. Martens

  • The staccato may be played with the down-bow, the wrist and arm movements being simply the reverse of those in the up-bow.

    Chats to ‘Cello Students

    Arthur Broadley

  • His mark for a down-bow is the same figure reversed in position;—Mr. for mordente, &c.

    The Violin

    George Dubourg

  • Artists of the German school are more apt to begin a phrase with a down-bow; the French start playing a good deal at the point.

    Violin Mastery

    Frederick H. Martens

  • British Dictionary definitions for down-bow down-bow noun

    1. a downward stroke of the bow from its nut to its tip across a stringed instrumentCompare up-bow

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