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 for bowed
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bow \Bow\ (bou), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Bowing.] [OE. bowen, bogen, bugen, AS. b[=u]gan (generally
     v. i.); akin to D. buigen, OHG. biogan, G. biegen, beugen,
     Icel. boginn bent, beygja to bend, Sw. b["o]ja, Dan. b["o]ie,
     bugne, Coth. biugan; also to L. fugere to flee, Gr. ?, and
     Skr. bhuj to bend. [root]88. Cf. Fugitive.]
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     1. To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to
        inflect; to make crooked or curved.
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              We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to
              their natural straightness.           --Milton.
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              The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind
              of tyranny.                           --Prescott.
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     2. To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to
        bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
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              Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion.
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              Not to bow and bias their opinions.   --Fuller.
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     3. To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of
        respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
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              They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the
              ground before him.                    --2 Kings ii.
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     4. To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;? to
        crush; to subdue.
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              Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave.
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     5. To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  bowed \bowed\ adj.
     1. bent over; -- used of back or head.
     Syn: bent, inclined.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     2. (Music) sounded by stroking with a bow; -- of a stringed
        musical instrument; as, bowed instruments. Contrasted with
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     3. resembling an arch.
     Syn: arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate.
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     4. same as bow-legged.
     Syn: bandy, bandy-legged, bowleg, bowlegged.
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     5. submitting to the authority of another.
     Syn: bowing.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bow \Bow\ (b[=o]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bowed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To play (music) with a bow. -- v. i. To manage the bow.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of a stringed instrument; sounded by stroking with a bow
             [ant: plucked]
      2: forming or resembling an arch; "an arched ceiling" [syn:
         arced, arched, arching, arciform, arcuate, bowed]
      3: have legs that curve outward at the knees [syn: bandy,
         bandy-legged, bowed, bowleg, bowlegged]
      4: showing an excessively deferential manner [syn: bowed,

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