[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/
verb (used with object)
to cause to descend; let or put down:
to lower a flag.
to make lower in height or level:
to lower the water in a canal.
to reduce in amount, price, degree, force, etc.
to make less loud:
Please lower your voice.
to bring down in rank or estimation; degrade; humble; abase (oneself), as by some sacrifice of self-respect or dignity:
His bad actions lowered him in my eyes.
Music. to make lower in pitch; flatten.
Phonetics. to alter the articulation of (a vowel) by increasing the distance of the tongue downward from the palate:
The vowel of “clerk” is lowered to (ä) in the British pronunciation.
verb (used without object)
to become lower, grow less, or diminish, as in amount, intensity, or degree:
The brook lowers in early summer. Stock prices rise and lower constantly.
to descend; sink:
the sun lowering in the west.
comparative of 1 .
of or relating to those portions of a river farthest from the source.
(often initial capital letter) Stratigraphy. noting an early division of a period, system, or the like:
the Lower Devonian.
a denture for the lower jaw.
a lower berth.
[lou-er, louuh r] /ˈlaʊ ər, laʊər/
verb (used without object)
to be dark and threatening, as the sky or the weather.
to frown, scowl, or look sullen; glower:
He lowers at people when he’s in a bad mood.
a dark, threatening appearance, as of the sky or weather.
a frown or scowl.
being below one or more other things: the lower shelf, the lower animals
reduced in amount or value: a lower price
(maths) (of a limit or bound) less than or equal to one or more numbers or variables
(sometimes capital) (geology) denoting the early part or division of a period, system, formation, etc: Lower Silurian
(transitive) to cause to become low or on a lower level; bring, put, or cause to move down
(transitive) to reduce or bring down in estimation, dignity, value, etc: to lower oneself
to reduce or be reduced: to lower one’s confidence
(transitive) to make quieter: to lower the radio
(transitive) to reduce the pitch of
(transitive) (phonetics) to modify the articulation of (a vowel) by bringing the tongue further away from the roof of the mouth
(intransitive) to diminish or become less
(esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
to scowl or frown
a menacing scowl or appearance
c.1600, “to descend, sink,” from lower (adj.), from Middle English lahghere (c.1200), comparative of low (adj.). Transitive meaning “to let down, to cause to descend” attested from 1650s. Related: Lowered; lowering. In the sense “to cause to descend” the simple verb low (Middle English lahghenn, c.1200) was in use into the 18c.
“to look dark and threatening,” also lour, Middle English louren, luren “to frown” (early 13c.), “to lurk” (mid-15c.), from Old English *luran or from its cognates, Middle Low German luren, Middle Dutch loeren “lie in wait.” Form perhaps assimilated to lower (1). Related: Lowered; lowering.
c.1200, lahre, comparative of lah (see low (adj.)).
Being an earlier division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare upper.
[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/ noun 1. a state in NW Germany. 18,294 sq. mi. (47,380 sq. km). Capital: Hanover. noun 1. a state of N Germany, on the North Sea and including the E Frisian Islands: a leading European producer of petroleum. Capital: Hanover. Pop: 7 993 000 (2003 est). Area: 47 408 sq km (18 […]
[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/ noun 1. a school that is preparatory to one on a more advanced level. noun 1. the younger pupils in a secondary school, usually those in the first three or four year groups
- Lower set
mathematics A finite non-empty downward closed subset of a partial order. (1999-03-17)
[loh-er sluh-boh-vee-uh, slo-] /ˈloʊ ər sləˈboʊ vi ə, slɒ-/ noun 1. any place considered to be remote, poor, or unenlightened.