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Synonyms for bowing

bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument

showing an excessively deferential manner


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Everybody was bowing to them--cabmen, little children, and everybody else--and they were returning all the bows and overlooking nobody, when a young lady met them and made a deep courtesy.
Now get this, the riser itself was bowing to the left--buckling--every time I drew the string and then springing back when I released the string.
While pagan Rome expressed reverence with the hand over the mouth and a turn of the body, it was the East that introduced bowing and prostration.
Obviously these rules are totally lost on the first-time visitor, yet you find yourself returning the gesture and bowing anyway.
Now, a leading violinist has developed a new bowing technique that transforms some of the sounds unintentionally created by beginners into steady, clear, and loud musical tones.