bow·​ing | \ ˈbō-iŋ How to pronounce bowing (audio) \

Definition of bowing

: the technique or manner of managing the bow in playing a stringed musical instrument

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Recent Examples on the Web Waves and air kisses have replaced handshakes (and even Japanese-style bowing has made a comeback). Eugene Linden, Time, "What Might the Post-Pandemic World Look Like?," 9 Apr. 2020 For the first time they were rehearsed properly, with clear phrasing, articulations and unified bowings for the string players. John Eliot Gardiner, New York Times, "A Revolutionary Approach to Beethoven: Period Instruments," 14 Feb. 2020 The Nara deer are uniquely accustomed to humans, boldly approaching visitors to nibble food and mimicking human bowing. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Magical Animation of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’," 23 Dec. 2019 For patients with achondroplasia, the natural process by which cartilage turns into bone is interrupted, resulting in shorter stature, a bowing of the spine, and the risk of serious medical complications. Damian Garde, STAT, "A controversial dwarfism drug, after clearing pivotal study, heads to the FDA," 16 Dec. 2019 Lion King also enjoys the benefit of bowing in China one week prior to North America. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Rides Rave Word-of-Mouth to $98M Opening," 1 July 2019 Mitchell maintains an intractable sense of movement through every twist and turn, allowing drummer Ches Smith to contribute coloristic bowing or darkly melodic vibraphone. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "On Incidentals, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil add elements to their dense avant-garde jazz—and somehow create more space," 8 Sep. 2017 Though bowing isn't mandatory, tourists must show respect to leaders and their likenesses while visiting North Korea. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's 'fire and fury' rhetoric met with defiance by Kim Jong Un," 3 Sep. 2017 In the throes of passionate bowing or furious tempos, the playing — mainly that of first violinist Geoff Nuttall — sometimes became strident. Christian Hertzog,, "An intriguing new work by John Adams, brilliantly played by the St. Lawrence String Quartet," 6 May 2017

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First Known Use of bowing

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bowing was in 1791

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23 Apr 2020

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“Bowing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bowing

: the style or technique for using a bow when playing a violin or similar musical instrument

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