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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bow  \Bow\  (b[=o]),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Bowed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Bowing}.] 
  To  play  (music)  with  a  bow.  --  v.  i.  To  manage  the  bow. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}.] 
  1.  To  cause  to  deviate  from  straightness;  to  bend;  to 
  inflect;  to  make  crooked  or  curved. 
 
  We  bow  things  the  contrary  way  to  make  them  come  to 
  their  natural  straightness.  --Milton. 
 
  The  whole  nation  bowed  their  necks  to  the  worst  kind 
  of  tyranny.  --Prescott. 
 
  2.  To  exercise  powerful  or  controlling  influence  over  to 
  bend,  figuratively;  to  turn;  to  incline. 
 
  Adversities  do  more  bow  men's  minds  to  religion. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  Not  to  bow  and  bias  their  opinions.  --Fuller. 
 
  3.  To  bend  or  incline,  as  the  head  or  body,  in  token  of 
  respect,  gratitude,  assent,  homage,  or  condescension. 
 
  They  came  to  meet  him  and  bowed  themselves  to  the 
  ground  before  him  --2  Kings  ii 
  15. 
 
  4.  To  cause  to  bend  down  to  prostrate;  to  depress,;?  to 
  crush;  to  subdue. 
 
  Whose  heavy  hand  hath  bowed  you  to  the  grave. 
  --Shak. 
 
  5.  To  express  by  bowing;  as  to  bow  one's  thanks. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bowed 
  adj  1:  used  especially  of  the  head  or  upper  back  "a  bent  head  and 
  sloping  shoulders"  [syn:  {bent},  {inclined}] 
  2:  (music)  of  a  stringed  instrument;  sounded  by  stroking  with  a 
  bow  [ant:  {plucked}] 
  3:  (architecture)  forming  or  resembling  an  arch;  "an  arched 
  ceiling"  [syn:  {arced},  {arched},  {arching},  {arciform},  {arcuate}] 
  4:  have  legs  that  curve  outward  at  the  knees  [syn:  {bandy},  {bandy-legged}, 
  {bowleg},  {bowlegged}] 
  5:  showing  an  excessively  deferential  manner  [syn:  {bowing}] 




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