verb (used without object), lowed, lowing. British Dialect.
verb (used without object)
to utter the deep, low sound characteristic of cattle; moo.
verb (used with object)
to utter by or as by lowing.
the act or the sound of lowing:
the low of a distant herd.
verb (used without object), British Dialect.
to burn; blaze.
(of a person) to feel strong emotions; glow with excitement.
having a relatively small distance from base to top; not tall or high: a low hill, a low building
of less than the usual or expected height, depth, or degree: low temperature
unfavourable: a low opinion
not advanced in evolution: a low form of plant life
deep: a low obeisance
coarse or vulgar: a low conversation
in a physically or mentally depressed or weakened state
designed so as to reveal the wearer’s neck and part of the bosom: a low neckline
with a hushed tone; quiet or soft: a low whisper
of relatively small price or monetary value: low cost
(music) relating to or characterized by a relatively low pitch
(of latitudes) situated not far north or south of the equator
having little or no money
abject or servile
(phonetics) of, relating to, or denoting a vowel whose articulation is produced by moving the back of the tongue away from the soft palate or the blade away from the hard palate, such as for the a in English father Compare high (sense 22)
(of a gear) providing a relatively low forward speed for a given engine speed
(usually capital) of or relating to the Low Church
in a low position, level, degree, intensity, etc: to bring someone low
at a low pitch; deep: to sing low
at a low price; cheaply: to buy low
a low position, level, or degree: an all-time low
an area of relatively low atmospheric pressure, esp a depression
(electronics) the voltage level in a logic circuit corresponding to logical zero Compare high (sense 40)
the sound uttered by cattle; moo
to make or express by a low or moo
Sir David. 1891–1963, British political cartoonist, born in New Zealand: created Colonel Blimp See blimp2
early 13c., verbal noun from low (v.).
“not high,” late 13c., from lah (late 12c.), “not rising much, being near the base or ground” (of objects or persons); “lying on the ground or in a deep place” (late 13c.), from Old Norse lagr “low,” or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish låg, Danish lav), from Proto-Germanic *lega- “lying flat, low” (cf. Old Frisian lech, Middle Dutch lage, Dutch laag “low,” dialectal German läge “flat”), from PIE *legh- “to lie” (see lie (v.2)).
Meaning “humble in rank” is from c.1200; “undignified” is from 1550s; sense of “dejected, dispirited” is attested from 1737; meaning “coarse, vulgar” is from 1759. In reference to sounds, “not loud,” also “having a deep pitch,” it is attested from c.1300. Of prices, from c.1400. In geographical usage, low refers to the part of a country near the sea-shore (c.1300; e.g. Low Countries “Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg,” 1540s). As an adverb c.1200, from the adjective.
Old English hlowan “make a noise like a cow,” from Proto-Germanic *khlo- (cf. Middle Dutch loeyen, Dutch loeien, Old Low Franconian luon, Old High German hluojen), from imitative PIE root *kele- (2) “to shout” (see claim (v.)).
sound made by cows, 1540s, from low (v.).
“hill,” obsolete except in place names, Old English hlaw “hill, mound,” especially “barrow,” related to hleonian “to lean” (see lean (v.)). Cf. Latin clivus “hill” from the same PIE root.
early 13c., from low (adj.). Of voices or sounds, from c.1300.
Sad; melancholy: I was so low and depressed (1744+)
A bad reaction to a narcotic; bummer (1960s+ Narcotics)
keep a low profile, lay low, lie low
- Low insertion force
hardware (LIF) PGA/SPGA sockets with no handle. The integrated circuit is simply pushed into the socket, and levered out to remove. Most motherboard processor sockets are now ZIF rather than LIF. (1999-08-05)
[loh] /loʊ/ adjective, lower, lowest. 1. situated, placed, or occurring not far above the ground, floor, or base: a low shelf. 2. of small extent upward; not high or tall: A low wall surrounds the property. 3. not far above the horizon, as a planet: The moon was low in the sky. 4. lying or […]
[loh-vits] /ˈloʊ vɪts/ noun 1. . [loh-vits] /ˈloʊ vɪts/ noun, Meteorology. 1. a halo or arc of light, occurring infrequently, which extends diagonally downward from a 22° parhelion.
- Low jinks
noun merrymaking or horseplay that is less than tasteful Word Origin a play on the term ‘high jinks’