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English Dictionary: lower by the DICT Development Group
7 results for lower
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the lower of two berths
    Synonym(s): lower berth, lower
  1. move something or somebody to a lower position; "take down the vase from the shelf"
    Synonym(s): lower, take down, let down, get down, bring down
    Antonym(s): bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
  2. set lower; "lower a rating"; "lower expectations"
    Synonym(s): lower, lour
  3. make lower or quieter; "turn down the volume of a radio"
    Synonym(s): turn down, lower, lour
  4. cause to drop or sink; "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"
    Synonym(s): lower, depress
  5. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
    Synonym(s): frown, glower, lour, lower
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Low \Low\, a. [Compar. {Lower}; superl. {Lowest}.] [OE. low,
      louh, lah, Icel. l[be]gr; akin to Sw. l[86]g, Dan. lav, D.
      laag, and E. lie. See {Lie} to be prostrate.]
      1. Occupying an inferior position or place; not high or
            elevated; depressed in comparison with something else; as,
            low ground; a low flight.
      2. Not rising to the usual height; as, a man of low stature;
            a low fence.
      3. Near the horizon; as, the sun is low at four o'clock in
            winter, and six in summer.
      4. Sunk to the farthest ebb of the tide; as, low tide.
      5. Beneath the usual or remunerative rate or amount, or the
            ordinary value; moderate; cheap; as, the low price of
            corn; low wages.
      6. Not loud; as, a low voice; a low sound.
      7. (Mus.) Depressed in the scale of sounds; grave; as, a low
            pitch; a low note.
      8. (Phon.) Made, as a vowel, with a low position of part of
            the tongue in relation to the palate; as, [?] ([?]m), [?]
            (all). See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 5, 10, 11.
      9. Near, or not very distant from, the equator; as, in the
            low northern latitudes.
      10. Numerically small; as, a low number.
      11. Wanting strength or animation; depressed; dejected; as,
            low spirits; low in spirits.
      12. Depressed in condition; humble in rank; as, men of low
            condition; the lower classes.
                     Why but to keep ye low and ignorant ? --Milton.
      13. Mean; vulgar; base; dishonorable; as, a person of low
            mind; a low trick or stratagem.
      14. Not elevated or sublime; not exalted or diction; as, a
            low comparison.
                     In comparison of these divine writers, the noblest
                     wits of the heathen world are low and dull.
      15. Submissive; humble. [bd]Low reverence.[b8] --Milton.
      16. Deficient in vital energy; feeble; weak; as, a low pulse;
            made low by sickness.
      17. Moderate; not intense; not inflammatory; as, low heat; a
            low temperature; a low fever.
      18. Smaller than is reasonable or probable; as, a low
      19. Not rich, high seasoned, or nourishing; plain; simple;
            as, a low diet.
      Note: Low is often used in the formation of compounds which
               require no special explanation; as, low-arched, low-
               browed, low-crowned, low-heeled, low-lying, low-priced,
               low-roofed, low-toned, low-voiced, and the like.
      {Low Church}. See {High Church}, under {High}.
      {Low Countries}, the Netherlands.
      {Low German}, {Low Latin}, etc. See under {German}, {Latin},
      {Low life}, humble life.
      {Low milling}, a process of making flour from grain by a
            single grinding and by siftings.
      {Low relief}. See {Bas-relief}.
      {Low side window} (Arch.), a peculiar form of window common
            in medi[91]val churches, and of uncertain use. Windows of
            this sort are narrow, near the ground, and out of the line
            of the windows, and in many different situations in the
      {Low spirits}, despondency.
      {Low steam}, steam having a low pressure.
      {Low steel}, steel which contains only a small proportion of
            carbon, and can not be hardened greatly by sudden cooling.
      {Low Sunday}, the Sunday next after Easter; -- popularly so
      {Low tide}, the farthest ebb of the tide; the tide at its
            lowest point; low water.
      {Low water}.
            (a) The lowest point of the ebb tide; a low stage of the
                  in a river, lake, etc.
            (b) (Steam Boiler) The condition of an insufficient
                  quantity of water in the boiler.
      {Low water} {alarm [or] indicator} (Steam Boiler), a
            contrivance of various forms attached to a boiler for
            giving warning when the water is low.
      {Low water mark}, that part of the shore to which the waters
            recede when the tide is the lowest. --Bouvier.
      {Low wine}, a liquor containing about 20 percent of alcohol,
            produced by the first distillation of wash; the first run
            of the still; -- often in the plural.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lower \Low"er\, v. i.
      To fall; to sink; to grow less; to diminish; to decrease; as,
      the river lowered as rapidly as it rose.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lower \Low"er\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Lowered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Lowering}.] [OE. lowren, luren; cf. D. loeren, LG. luren. G.
      lauern to lurk, to be on the watch, and E. leer, lurk.]
      1. To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be
            covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to
            show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.
                     All the clouds that lowered upon our house. --Shak.
      2. To frown; to look sullen.
                     But sullen discontent sat lowering on her face.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lower \Low"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lowered}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Lowering}.] [From {Low}, a.]
      1. To let descend by its own weight, as something suspended;
            to let down; as, to lower a bucket into a well; to lower a
            sail or a boat; sometimes, to pull down; as, to lower a
                     Lowered softly with a threefold cord of love Down to
                     a silent grave.                                 --Tennyson.
      2. To reduce the height of; as, to lower a fence or wall; to
            lower a chimney or turret.
      3. To depress as to direction; as, to lower the aim of a gun;
            to make less elevated as to object; as, to lower one's
            ambition, aspirations, or hopes.
      4. To reduce the degree, intensity, strength, etc., of; as,
            to lower the temperature of anything; to lower one's
            vitality; to lower distilled liquors.
      5. To bring down; to humble; as, to lower one's pride.
      6. To reduce in value, amount, etc.; as, to lower the price
            of goods, the rate of interest, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lower \Low"er\, a.
      Compar. of {Low}, a.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Lower \Low"er\, n. [Obs.]
      1. Cloudiness; gloominess.
      2. A frowning; sullenness.
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