1. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem. Just such she shows before a rising storm. (Dryden) All round a hedge upshoots, and shows at distance like a little wood. (Tennyson)
Origin: Written also shew.
1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your colours; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to customers). Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. (Matt. Viii. 4) Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise magnificence; and what can heaven show more? (milton)
2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs. Shew them the way wherein they must walk. (Ex. Xviii. 20) If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away. (1 sam. Xx. 13)
4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event. I 'll show my duty by my timely care. (Dryden)
5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor. Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. (Ex. Xx. 6) To show forth, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim. To show his paces, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like; said especially of a horse. To show off, to exhibit ostentatiously. To show up, to expose.
Origin: Showed; Shown or Showed; Showing. It is sometimes written shew, shewed, shewn, shewing] [OE. Schowen, shewen, schewen, shawen, AS. Sceawian, to look, see, view; akin to OS. Scawn, OFries. Skawia, D. Schouwen, OHG. Scouwn, G. Schauen, Dan. Skue, Sw. Skda, Icel. Skoa, Goth. Usskawjan to waken, skuggwa a mirror, Icel. Skuggy shade, shadow, L. Cavere to be on one's guard, Gr. To mark, perceive, hear, Skr. Kavi wise. Cf. Caution, Scavenger, Sheen.
7. (Science: chemical) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp. Show bill, a broad sheet containing an advertisement in large letters. Show box, a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried round as a show. Show card, an advertising placard; also, a card for displaying samples. Show case, a glaed case, box, or cabinet for displaying and protecting shopkeepers' wares, articles on exhibition in museums, etc. Show glass, a glass which displays objects; a mirror. Show of hands, a raising of hands to indicate judgment; as, the vote was taken by a show of hands. Show stone, a piece of glass or crystal supposed to have the property of exhibiting images of persons or things not present, indicating in that way future events.
Origin: Formerly written also shew.