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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cow·er v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cowered p. pr. & vb. n. Cowering.]  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.