Bowing
Bow Bow (bou), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bowing}.] [OE. bowen, bogen, bugen, AS. b[=u]gan (generally v. i.); akin to D. buigen, OHG. biogan, G. biegen, beugen, Icel. boginn bent, beygja to bend, Sw. b["o]ja, Dan. b["o]ie, bugne, Coth. biugan; also to L. fugere to flee, Gr. ?, and Skr. bhuj to bend. [root]88. Cf. {Fugitive}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved. [1913 Webster]

We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to their natural straightness. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

2. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline. [1913 Webster]

Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Not to bow and bias their opinions. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

3. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension. [1913 Webster]

They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. --2 Kings ii. 15. [1913 Webster]

4. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;? to crush; to subdue. [1913 Webster]

Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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