bow down


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bow down bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head "He bowed before the King","She bowed her head in shame"
    • v bow down get into a prostrate position, as in submission
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  • Mary Baker Eddy
    “Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone: the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “Jealousy is not at all low, but it catches us humbled and bowed down, at first sight.”
  • Christina Rossetti
    “Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I but when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by.”


In literature:

A young man laid down his rule and stepped to the rail with a silent bow.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
And we are ever intent upon bowing down to our superiors and Brahmanas.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
It would bow down all the lower.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Divine humility, bowed down into the very depths for our salvation.
"The Master's Indwelling" by Andrew Murray
When will these dwellers in the wilderness bow down before their Lord?
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
The man looked down at the bowed head.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
I can only crawl into it on my hands and knees, the boughs are so bowed down with fruit.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
To Him above bow down, my friends, Who teaches help, and succor sends!
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
And on myself death from the sea shall very gently come and cut me off, bowed down with hale old age.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
Is your stubborn spirit at last bowed down, humiliated, crushed?
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White

In poetry:

Down to the sacred wave,
The Lord of life was led;
And He Who came our souls to save
In Jordan bowed His head.
"Down to the Sacred Wave" by Samuel Francis Smith
O people who bow down to see
The Miracle of Cavalry,
The bitter and the glorious,
Bow down, bow down and pray for us.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
A passion to be free
Has ever mastered me;
To none beneath the sun
Will I bow down,—not one
Shall leash my liberty.
"God's Vagabond" by Robert W Service
Let proud imperious kings
Bow low before his throne:
Crouch to his feet, ye haughty things,
Or he shall tread you down.
"Hymn 80" by Isaac Watts
Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By wars without, and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.
"The Effort" by John Newton
To our own nets ne'er bow we down,
Lest on the eternal shore
The angels, while oar draught they own,
Reject us evermore:
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

Bow Wow Chased Down For Fees After His Lambo Was REPOSSESSED.
When Demi Moore stripped down to her bulging belly on the cover of Vanity Fair 21 years ago, it was a shot across the bow of traditional, sexy magazine covers .
Bowing Down to Your Birthing Ball.
Or use a large, multi-bow ribbon at the top of the tree with ribbon streamers hanging down for a finishing touch.
Vikings cornerback #31 Chris Cook brings down KC wide receiver #82 Dwayne Bowe, as the Minnesota Vikings played the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on October 2, 2011.
We bow down to the living essence of chic and dictator of fashion, editrix Patsy Stone.
Steel from the dragline's bucket was melted down and cast into Somerset's bow stem.
So when I looked at the twin 175 Suzukis hung 30 feet from the beautiful Predator 's bow light, I was expecting to be let down.
About a year ago Nader Assemi walked down endless aisles of truck shows searching in vein for something other than a Bow Tie that was on the ground.
It is believed that, upon the riff 's release, even those who claim that the genre is dead will have no choice but to pump their fists, bang their heads, and bow down to the gods of rock for all eternity.
Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida.
George Bowe, was passing through a couple of weeks ago so we decided to take a ride down to Cataloochee and see if the elk were out.
Jessica Gawler and her dog Dempsey, both wearing bow ties , run down Main Street while participating in the Dr Andrew Sorensen Bow Tie Memorial Run 2012.
Even trees bow down to Amon Tobin 's genius.
Is your cell ringtone "Bow Down to Washington.".

In science:

The two methods are not equivalent, because they produce different timbres; pressing down on the string tends to produce a harsher, more intense sound. A louder sound can also be achieved by placing the bow closer to the bridge.
Music in Terms of Science
In numerical simulations of jets, the width of the outflow shell is mainly determined by the effects of the leading bow shock from the jet’s first impact into the ambient material (e.g., Suttner et al., 1997; Downes and Ray, 1999; Lee et al., 2001).
Molecular Outflows in Low- and High-Mass Star Forming Regions