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cowering


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cower  \Cow"er\  (-?r),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Cowered}  (-?rd);  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Cowering}.]  [Cf.  Icel.  kera  to  doze,  liequiet 
  Sw  kura,  Dan.  kure,  G.  kauern  to  cower,  W.  cwrian.] 
  To  stoop  by  bending  the  knees;  to  crouch;  to  squat;  hence  to 
  quail;  to  sink  through  fear. 
 
  Our  dame  sits  cowering  o'er  a  kitchen  fire.  --Dryden. 
 
  Like  falcons,  cowering  on  the  nest.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cowering 
  adj  :  shrinking  or  flinching  in  fear  [syn:  {cowering(a)},  {cringing(a)}] 




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