adjective, lower, lowest.
situated, placed, or occurring not far above the ground, floor, or base:
a low shelf.
of small extent upward; not high or tall:
A low wall surrounds the property.
not far above the horizon, as a planet:
The moon was low in the sky.
lying or being below the general level:
designating or pertaining to regions near sea level, especially near the sea:
bending or passing far downward; deep:
a low bow.
(of a garment) low-necked; décolleté:
The dress she wore was fashionably low.
rising but slightly from a surface:
a low relief on a frieze.
of less than average or normal height or depth, as a liquid or stream:
The river is low this time of year.
near the first of a series:
a low number.
ranked near the beginning or bottom on some scale of measurement:
a low income bracket.
indicating the bottom or the point farthest down:
the low point in his creative life.
lacking in strength, energy, or vigor; feeble; weak:
to feel low and listless.
providing little nourishment or strength, as a diet.
of small number, amount, degree, force, intensity, etc.:
low visibility; a generator with a low output.
indicated or represented by a low number:
A low latitude is one relatively near the equator.
soft: subdued; not loud:
a low murmur.
Music. produced by relatively slow vibrations, as sounds; grave in pitch.
assigning or attributing little worth, value, excellence, or the like:
a low estimate of a new book.
containing a relatively small amount:
a diet low in starches.
nearing depletion; not adequately supplied:
low on funds; Our stock of towels is low.
depressed or dejected:
far down in the scale of rank or estimation; humble:
of low birth.
of inferior quality or character:
a low grade of fabric; a low type of intellect.
lacking in dignity or elevation, as of thought or expression.
mean, base, or disreputable:
low tricks; low companions.
coarse or vulgar:
entertainment of a low sort.
Boxing. struck or delivered below a contestant’s belt.
Biology. having a relatively simple structure; not complex in organization.
Phonetics. (of a vowel) articulated with a relatively large opening above the tongue, as the vowels of hat, hut, hot, ought, etc.
Compare (def 23).
Automotive. of, relating to, or operating at the gear transmission ratio at which the drive shaft moves at the lowest speed with relation to the speed of the engine crankshaft, used especially for temporarily overcoming the weight or inertia of the vehicle; first:
Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing the plate at a level below that of the batter’s knees:
a low curve.
Cards. having less value than other cards:
a low card.
Metallurgy. having a relatively small amount of a specified constituent (usually used in combination):
Chiefly British. holding to Low Church principles and practices.
adverb, lower, lowest.
in or to a low position, point, degree, etc.:
The raiders crouched low in the bushes.
near the ground, floor, or base; not aloft:
The plane flew low.
in or to a humble or abject state:
Some live low while others live high. She swore she would bring him low.
in or to a condition of depletion, prostration, or death:
The gas in the tank is running low.
at comparatively small cost; cheaply:
to buy something low and sell it high.
at or to a , volume, intensity, etc.:
to turn the radio low; lights turned down low.
in a low tone; softly; quietly; to speak low.
Archaic. far down in time; late.
something that is low, as ground or prices:
numerous marshy lows in the forest; the recent low in the stock market.
Automotive. low gear; first gear.
Meteorology. an atmospheric low-pressure system; cyclone.
Compare (def 37).
a point of deepest decline, vulgarity, etc.:
a new low in tastelessness.
Slang. a period of intense depression or discomfort, when the effects of a drug have subsided.
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
“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
[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.
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noun merrymaking or horseplay that is less than tasteful Word Origin a play on the term ‘high jinks’
[loh-kee] /ˈloʊˈki/ adjective, Also, low-keyed 1. of reduced intensity; restrained; understated. 2. (of a photograph) having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast (distinguished from ). verb (used with object), low-keyed, low-keying. 3. to make or attempt to make low-key: to low-key the arms buildup. adjective 1. having a low intensity or tone 2. […]
language The abstract machine for bootstrapping ML/1, developed by P.J. Brown of the University of Kent at Canterbury. [“Macro Processors and Techniques for Portable Software”, P.J. Brown, published by Wiley, ISBN 0.471.11005.1]. [Mentioned in “Machine Oriented Higher Level Languages”, W. van der Poel, N-H 1974, p. 271]. [What does LOWL stand for?] (1997-11-04)