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

  Stoop \Stoop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stooped; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Stooping.] [OE. stoupen; akin to AS. st?pian, OD. stuypen,
     Icel. st[=u]pa, Sw. stupa to fall, to tilt. Cf 5th Steep.]
     1. To bend the upper part of the body downward and forward;
        to bend or lean forward; to incline forward in standing or
        walking; to assume habitually a bent position.
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     2. To yield; to submit; to bend, as by compulsion; to assume
        a position of humility or subjection.
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              Mighty in her ships stood Carthage long, . . .
              Yet stooped to Rome, less wealthy, but more strong.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              These are arts, my prince,
              In which your Zama does not stoop to Rome.
                                                    --Addison.
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     3. To descend from rank or dignity; to condescend. "She
        stoops to conquer." --Goldsmith.
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              Where men of great wealth stoop to husbandry, it
              multiplieth riches exceedingly.       --Bacon.
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     4. To come down as a hawk does on its prey; to pounce; to
        souse; to swoop.
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              The bird of Jove, stooped from his aery tour,
              Two birds of gayest plume before him drove.
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. To sink when on the wing; to alight.
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              And stoop with closing pinions from above. --Dryden.
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              Cowering low
              With blandishment, each bird stooped on his wing.
                                                    --Milton.
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     Syn: To lean; yield; submit; condescend; descend; cower;
          shrink.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stooping \Stoop"ing\,
     a. & n. from Stoop. -- Stoop"ing*ly, adv.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  stooping
      adj 1: having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect; "a
             little oldish misshapen stooping woman" [syn: hunched,
             round-backed, round-shouldered, stooped,
             stooping, crooked]

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