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Definitions for bowing
ˈboʊ ɪŋbow·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bow, bowing, obeisance(noun)

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

  2. bowing(adj)

    managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument

    "the violinist's bowing was excellent"

  3. bowed, bowing(adj)

    showing an excessively deferential manner


  1. bowing(Noun)

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

    The courtier had practiced his bowing.

  2. bowing(Noun)

    A bending.

    The heavy books caused a bowing in the shelf.

  3. bowing(Noun)

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

  4. bowing(Verb)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Bowing

    of Bow

  2. Bowing

    of Bow

  3. Bowing(noun)

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

  4. Bowing(noun)

    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.

How to pronounce bowing?

  1. Alex
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How to say bowing in sign language?

  1. bowing


  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. Donald Trump:

    Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is transferring power out of Washington and returning that power back where it belongs to the people, our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence, said Trump. Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. Inscribed on our currency are the words: ‘In God We Trust.’.

  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. Kim Shin-je:

    Kim Jong Un is surrounded by older people, and they're bowing in front of him. How can they yield to such a young person?

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