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English Dictionary: lower by the DICT Development Group
7 results for lower
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
lower
n
  1. the lower of two berths
    Synonym(s): lower berth, lower
v
  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.
                                                                              --Felton.
  
      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
            estimate.
  
      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},
            etc.
  
      {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
            building.
  
      {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
            called.
  
      {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.
                                                                              --Dryden.

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
            flag.
  
                     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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