- To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved."We bow things the contrary way, to make them come to their natural straightness." [Milton.]"The whole nation bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny." [Prescott.]
- To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline."Adversities do more bow men's minds to religion." [Bacon.]"Not to bow and bias their opinions." [Fuller.]
- To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension."They came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him." [2 Kings ii. 15.]
- To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;� to crush; to subdue."Whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave." [Shak.]
- To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
Etymology: OE. bowen bogen bugen, AS. būgangenerally v. i.); akin to D. buigen, OHG. biogan, G. biegen beugen, Icel. boginn bent, beygja to bend, Sw. böja, Dan. böie bugne, Coth. biugan; also to L. fugere to flee, Gr. �, and Skr. bhuj to bend. √88. Cf. Fugitive