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[uhp-boh] /ˈʌpˌboʊ/
(in bowing on a stringed instrument) a stroke toward the heel of the bow: indicated in scores by the symbol V (opposed to down-bow).
Origin of up-bow
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for up-bow
Historical Examples
  • And the violinist should never think: 'I must play this up-bow or down-bow.'

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • In commencing the study of staccato bowing it is well to confine oneself to the up-bow form at first.

  • The octave higher commences with an up-bow, the action being exactly reversed until the heel is reached.

    Chats to 'Cello Students Arthur Broadley
  • 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
  • The up-bow may also be used in like manner, commencing at the point and finishing near the heel, the movements being reversed.

    Chats to 'Cello Students Arthur Broadley
  • Example 48a is a style of phrasing which should always commence with the up-bow; the reasons for this are as follows.

    Chats to 'Cello Students Arthur Broadley
British Dictionary definitions for up-bow


a stroke of the bow from its tip to its nut on a stringed instrument Compare down-bow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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