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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bow v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowed p. pr. & vb. n. Bowing.]
 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: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bow 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)

 Bow·ing n. Mus.
 1. The act or art of managing the bow in playing on stringed instruments.
    Bowing constitutes a principal part of the art of the violinist, the violist, etc.   --J. W. Moore.
 2. In hatmaking, the act or process of separating and distributing the fur or hair by means of a bow, to prepare it for felting.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : showing an excessively deferential manner [syn: bowed]
      n 1: bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or
           submission or shame [syn: bow, obeisance]
      2: managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument; "the
         violinist's bowing was excellent"

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    a mode of showing respect. Abraham "bowed himself to the people
    of the land" (Gen. 23:7); so Jacob to Esau (Gen. 33:3); and the
    brethren of Joseph before him as the governor of the land (Gen.
    43:28). Bowing is also frequently mentioned as an act of
    adoration to idols (Josh. 23:7; 2 Kings 5:18; Judg. 2:19; Isa.
    44:15), and to God (Josh. 5:14; Ps. 22:29; 72:9; Micah 6:6; Ps.
    95:6; Eph. 3:14).