bowing

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bowing

  1. present participle and gerund of bow (all senses)

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bowing (countable and uncountable, plural bowings)

  1. The act of bending at the waist, as a sign of respect or greeting.
    The courtier had practiced his bowing.
  2. A bending.
    The heavy books caused a bowing in the shelf.
  3. A technique for using the bow on a string instrument such as a violin.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 461:
      The bowing arm, the fingers on the strings, and then the violin itself polished brown, and the soloist's chin pillowed on it.

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