Directive for a musician to play a stringed instrument with a bow as opposed to plucked or pizzicato. See also col arco.The bow of a stringed instrument. the bow used for playing some string instrument; i.e., played with the bow, as opposed to pizzicato (plucked), in music for bowed instruments; normally used to cancel a pizzicato directionis used as an indication to string-players that they should use the bow, rather than pluck with the fingers (see pizzicato)<br><br>Bowed passage, to use the bow, in music it tells you to use the bow on this passage