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ˈboʊ ɪŋbow·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bow, bowing, obeisancenoun

    bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

  2. bowingadjective

    managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument

    "the violinist's bowing was excellent"

  3. bowed, bowingadjective

    showing an excessively deferential manner


  1. bowingnoun

    The act of bending at the waist, as a sign of respect or greeting.

    The courtier had practiced his bowing.

  2. bowingnoun

    A bending.

    The heavy books caused a bowing in the shelf.

  3. bowingnoun

    A technique for bowing a musical instrument, such as a violin.

  4. bowingverb


Webster Dictionary

  1. Bowing

    of Bow

  2. Bowing

    of Bow

  3. Bowingnoun

    the act or art of managing the bow in playing on stringed instruments

  4. Bowingnoun

    in hatmaking, the act or process of separating and distributing the fur or hair by means of a bow, to prepare it for felting


  1. Bowing

    Bowing is the act of lowering the torso and head as a social gesture in direction to another person or symbol. It is most prominent in Asian cultures but it is also typical of nobility and aristocracy in many countries and distinctively in Europe. Sometimes the gesture may be limited to lowering the head such as in Indonesia, and in many cultures several degrees of the lowness of the bow are distinguished and regarded as appropriate for different circumstances. It is especially prominent in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Vietnam where it may be executed standing or kneeling. Some bows are performed equally by two or more people while others are unequal - the person bowed to either does not bow in return or performs a less low bow in response. A nod of the head may be regarded as the minimal form of bow; forms of kneeling, genuflection, or prostration which involves the hands or whole body touching the ground, are the next levels of gesture.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bowing

    An injury done to yards by too much topping, and letting their weights hang by the lifts. The state of a top-sail yard when it arches in the centre from hoisting it too tautly. Also of the mast when it bellies or is crippled by injudiciously setting up the rigging too taut.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowing in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bowing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bowing in a Sentence

  1. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Instead of licking the boots of the rich people and bowing before them daily—We can stop doing that by simply knowing our worth in life.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    A woman who wants to be treated like a Queen can neither like nor ask a man to go down on his knees to propose his love for her; because upon bowing down before her by him, he will then never be respected as King by the intelligent people as the prestige of an emperor is measured always by his capacity & capability to stand on his two feet.

  3. Matteo Salvini:

    Saving lives at sea is a duty, but transforming Italy into an enormous refugee camp is not, italy is done bowing its head and obeying. This time there's someone saying no.

  4. Gandhi:

    To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

  5. Governor Cuomo:

    People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture and the truth. Let the review proceed, I’m not going to resign.

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