1. bow, bowing, obeisance, reverence, gesture, motion

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

2. bowing, playing

usage: managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument; "the violinist's bowing was excellent"


1. bow, bow down, gesticulate, gesture, motion

usage: bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"

2. submit, bow, defer, accede, give in, yield, give in, succumb, knuckle under, buckle under

usage: yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"

3. bow, change posture

usage: bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"

4. crouch, stoop, bend, bow, bend, flex

usage: bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"

5. bow, play

usage: play on a string instrument with a bow


1. bowed, bowing, submissive (vs. domineering)

usage: showing an excessively deferential manner

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