What does bowing mean?

Definitions for bowingˈboʊ ɪŋ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bowing.

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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gandhi:

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

  2. 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?

  3. Governor Huckabee:

    When an individual is faced with a decision of bowing to Caesar or bowing his knee to God – he has to take his stand and get on his knees to God instead of Caesar.

  4. Governor Huckabee:

    The Bible is God’s final authority about marriage and on this book we stand. when an individual is faced with a decision of bowing to Caesar or bowing his knee to God – he has to take his stand and get on his knees to God instead of Caesar.

  5. 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.

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