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Adjective: bowing  baw-ing
  1. Showing an excessively deferential manner
    - bowed[2]
Noun: bowing  baw-ing
  1. Bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
    - bow[2], obeisance
Noun: bowing[2]  bow-ing
  1. Managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument
    "the violinist's bowing[2] was excellent"
Verb: bow[2] (bowed,bowing,bows)  baw
  1. Bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head
    "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"; "He bowed down before the King";
    - bow down
     
  2. Yield to another's wish or opinion
    "The government bowed to the military pressure";
    - submit, defer, accede, give in
     
  3. Bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting
    "He bow[2]ed before the King"
     
  4. Bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    "She bowed before the Queen";
    - crouch, stoop, bend, scrooch [US]

Derived forms: bowings

See also: bow down, submissive

Type of: bend, buckle under, change posture, flex, gesticulate, gesture, give in, knuckle under, motion, playing, reverence, succumb, yield

Encyclopedia: Bowing