[ loh ]
/ loʊ /
adjective, low·er, low·est.
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: low ground.
designating or pertaining to regions near sea level, especially near the sea: low countries.
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: low spirits.
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 high(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: low gear.
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): low-carbon steel.
Chiefly British. holding to Low Church principles and practices.
adverb, low·er, low·est.
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 low pitch, 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 high(def 37).
- the lowest trump card.
- a card of small value, or of lower value than other cards.
- the lowest score in a game.
- a player having such a score.
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.
Words nearby low
Idioms for low
- to overpower or kill; defeat: to lay one's attackers low.
- to knock down; make prostrate.
- Informal. to lie low.
- to conceal oneself: He had to lie low for a while.
- to do nothing until the right opportunity develops; bide one's time: Until the dispute is settled, you would do best to lie low.
Origin of low1
1125–75; Middle English lowe, lohe (adj. and noun), earlier lāh < Old Norse lāgr (adj.); cognate with Old Frisian lēge, lēch, Dutch laag, Old High German laege; akin to lie2
SYNONYMS FOR low
13 exhausted, sinking, expiring, dying.
OTHER WORDS FROM lowlow·ish, adjectivelow·ness, nouno·ver·low·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lowlow lowly
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British Dictionary definitions for lay low (1 of 3)
/ (ləʊ) /
Sir David. 1891–1963, British political cartoonist, born in New Zealand: created Colonel BlimpSee blimp 2
British Dictionary definitions for lay low (2 of 3)
/ (ləʊ) /
having a relatively small distance from base to top; not tall or higha low hill; a low building
- situated at a relatively short distance above the ground, sea level, the horizon, or other reference positionlow cloud
- (in combination)low-lying
- involving or containing a relatively small amount of somethinga low supply
- (in combination)low-pressure
- having little value or quality
- (in combination)low-grade
of less than the usual or expected height, depth, or degreelow temperature
- (of numbers) small
- (of measurements) expressed in small numbers
unfavourablea low opinion
not advanced in evolutiona low form of plant life
deepa low obeisance
coarse or vulgara low conversation
- inferior in culture or status
- (in combination)low-class
in a physically or mentally depressed or weakened state
designed so as to reveal the wearer's neck and part of the bosoma low neckline
with a hushed tone; quiet or softa low whisper
of relatively small price or monetary valuelow 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 fatherCompare high (def. 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, etcto bring someone low
at a low pitch; deepto sing low
at a low price; cheaplyto buy low
- to cause to fall by a blow
- to overcome, defeat or destroy
- to keep or be concealed or quiet
- to wait for a favourable opportunity
a low position, level, or degreean all-time low
an area of relatively low atmospheric pressure, esp a depression
electronics the voltage level in a logic circuit corresponding to logical zeroCompare high (def. 40)
Derived forms of lowlowness, noun
Word Origin for low
C12 lāh, from Old Norse lāgr; related to Old Frisian lēch low, Dutch laag
British Dictionary definitions for lay low (3 of 3)
/ (ləʊ) /
noun Also: lowing
the sound uttered by cattle; moo
to make or express by a low or moo
Word Origin for low
Old English hlōwan; related to Dutch loeien, Old Saxon hlōian
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Idioms and Phrases with lay low (1 of 2)
see lay someone low; lie low.
Idioms and Phrases with lay low (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with low
- low blow
- low boiling point
- low man on the totem pole
- low profile
- at a low ebb
- (low) boiling point
- high and low
- keep a low profile
- lay someone low
- lie low
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