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bowed \bowed\ adj.

  1. bent over; -- used of back or head.

    Syn: bent, inclined.

  2. (Music) sounded by stroking with a bow; -- of a stringed musical instrument; as, bowed instruments. Contrasted with plucked.

  3. resembling an arch.

    Syn: arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate.

  4. same as bow-legged.

    Syn: bandy, bandy-legged, bowleg, bowlegged.

  5. submitting to the authority of another.

    Syn: bowing.


Etymology 1 vb. (en-past of: bow) Etymology 2

  1. Having a bow, e.g. a '''bowed instrument''' is played with a bow

  1. adj. used especially of the head or upper back; "a bent head and sloping shoulders" [syn: bent, inclined]

  2. of a stringed instrument; sounded by stroking with a bow [ant: plucked]

  3. forming or resembling an arch; "an arched ceiling" [syn: arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate]

  4. have legs that curve outward at the knees [syn: bandy, bandy-legged, bowleg, bowlegged]

  5. showing an excessively deferential manner [syn: bowing]


Usage examples of "bowed".

The academician lowered himself to the ground and sat, disconsolate, his head bowed.

When Pahni and Bhapa bowed in acquiescence, he smiled crookedly and did the same.

The gypsy stopped abruptly, and turned an eye, in which menace vainly struggled with good-humour, upon each of his brethren, as they submissively bowed to him and his protege, and poured forth a profusion of promises, to which their admonitor did not even condescend to listen.

The gallant officers, now realizing for the first time that a girl--and a pretty one--was one of the passengers of the big aeroplane, waved their hats and bowed profoundly.

He bowed politely to the baroness, familiarly to Danglars, and affectionately to Monte Cristo.

Pausing to tune the harp, he snapped the string and, after a tense, whispered exchange with Alec, rose and bowed to the mayor.

He bowed to the banker, and went out with Beauchamp, without appearing to notice Cavalcanti.

Mornington saluted the Archdeacon, who took off his eyeglasses and bowed back.

Bill stood up and half bowed to the ardass, who he now realized was something like the World President.

Germany was in ecstasies after the battle of Aspern, but she bowed her head mournfully after that of Wagram.

He bowed before the low dais upon which the boy Light of Heaven reclined on cushions, then glanced with interest at the other assembled personages.

CHAPTER XV THE SECOND ORDEAL Oros bowed and left the place, whereon the Hesea signed to us to stand upon her right and to Atene to stand upon her left.

Assuring the new stockholders that there would be future meetings, and frequent ones, at which they would be posted on new developments at the Aureole Mine, Selwood bowed his visitors out through the door.

He clenched his right hand into a fist above the golden axes on his left breast in the traditional salute of the Axe-Wielders and bowed low before Priam.

Axis bowed slightly to Jayme and Moryson, his right fist clenched over the golden axes on his breast, then he strode from the room, his boot heels clicking sharply on the stone floor.