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alow1

[uh-loh] /əˈloʊ/
adverb, Nautical.
1.
below decks.
2.
(on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the lower rigging, specifically, below the lower yards (opposed to aloft).
Origin of alow1
1350-1400
1350-1400; earlier, downward, lower down, Middle English aloue; see a-1, low1

alow2

or alowe

[uh-loh] /əˈloʊ/
adjective, adverb, Northern British Dialect.
1.
ablaze; aflame.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English o loghe, a lowe; see a-1, low3
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  • For the next week all was confusion on deck, alow and aloft.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • Also they were faine to alow such large bills of charges as were intolerable; the charges of ye patent came to above 500li.

  • If the heart, by the alow method of respiration, is pulsating in ratio of four to one respiration, no effect can be induced.

  • But nothing that took place, alow or aloft, escaped his keen observation.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • alow me to hear dygress & stait that my Beests at presnt is as harmless as the newborn Babe.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
  • As I am a profest lover of novelty you must alow me to be much entertained by this discovery.

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Synonymous with below; as alow and aloft, though more properly low and aloft.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Up the rigging and down the stays, alow and aloft, out on the flying jib-boom and along the hammock nettings.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • For another day we continued to lie in the river; but the brig, alow and aloft, bustled with various activities.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
  • She was a brigantine aloft, but alow she had much the same lines as the Laughing Lass.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for alow

alow

/əˈləʊ/
adverb, adjective
1.
(postpositive) (nautical) in or into the lower rigging of a vessel, near the deck
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