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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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 But a longing for the sort of clarity that American foreign policy had during the Cold War, along with the requisite bowing to Ronald Reagan, which Trump also did, is utterly conventional for any Republican Presidential candidate. Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Very Republican Foreign-Policy Speech," 28 Apr. 2016

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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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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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