The act of bowing a stringed instrument. The opposite of pizzicato, in which the strings are plucked. This is usually associated with the violin, viola, cello, and contrabass, but Jimmy Page occasionally plays his electric guitar with a bow, though such a practice will probably quickly shred the hairs of your bow. Don't try this at home, unless you have a big bow budget. Less bow-killing measures have been tried over the years, electronic gadgets like the E-Bow and Godley and Creme's Gizmo.

Also an abbreviation for Atlantic Richfield, an oil company.