(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
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Historical Examples of up-bow

  • 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.

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

  • The up-bow may also be used in like manner, commencing at the point and finishing near the heel, the movements being reversed.

British Dictionary definitions for up-bow



a stroke of the bow from its tip to its nut on a stringed instrumentCompare down-bow
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